John Doyle (critic)

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John Doyle
Doyle in 2005
Born1957 (age 65–66)
Nenagh, Ireland
Occupation(s)Television critic, author

John Doyle (born 1957) is a Canadian writer who is a television critic at The Globe and Mail.

Early life[edit]

John Doyle was born in 1957 in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, and came to Canada in 1980.[1][2]


Doyle was first hired by The Globe and Mail to write for Broadcast Week, the paper's weekly television listings, as a columnist. In 2000, he was appointed the newspaper's daily television critic.[2] Doyle also covers soccer for the paper. His writing on soccer has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the ECW Press anthology Best Canadian Sports Writing, and the soccer magazine Eight by Eight.[citation needed]

In 2005, Doyle published his first book, the memoir A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age about his early life in deeply conservative rural Ireland, and the book The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer. Doyle has covered multiple FIFA World Cup, Euro tournaments, and the FIFA Women's World Cup.[2]

In 2004 he was involved in a public disagreement with Bill O'Reilly, then of Fox News. O'Reilly complained about Doyle's writing on his TV show.[3] An article he published in 2010 argued that the Giller Prize and Gemini Awards were elitist.[4] In a 2017 review of The Great Canadian Baking Show, Doyle called Dan Levy "fey".[5] Levy, and a CBC critic, argued that Doyle's use of the term was homophobic.[5][6]


  • Cover of the Canadian and US editions of A Great Feast of Light
    Cover of the US edition of The World is a Ball
    Doyle, John (2005). A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age. Random House of Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66042-6.[7]
  •  ———  (2010). The World Is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66498-1.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fuller, Amy Elisabeth, ed. (2008). "Doyle, John 1957–". Contemporary Authors. Vol. 259. Gale. pp. 121–122. ISBN 978-1-4144-3280-9. ISSN 0010-7468. OCLC 507351876.
  2. ^ a b c "John Doyle". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  3. ^ Krauss, Clifford (25 April 2004). "Word for Word/Border Bickering; When a Canadian Insults Fox News, Them's [Expletive] Fighting Words!". New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  4. ^ Grainger, Lia (16 November 2010). "Is Canada's high-low culture war a figment of John Doyle's imagination?". Toronto Life. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  5. ^ a b Martin, Russ (10 November 2017). "The Globe and Mail Responds to Backlash Re: John Doyle Calling Dan Levy 'Fey'". Flare. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  6. ^ Thompson, Ryan E. (3 November 2017). "Why Dan Levy's shutdown of a TV critic's homophobic insult is necessary and good for us all". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  7. ^ Reviews of A Great Feast of Light:
  8. ^ Reviews of The World Is a Ball:

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