A special insight into BBC NI’s commissioning strategy as leading Northern Ireland independent producer Emma-Rosa Dias asks Eddie Doyle what audiences can expect this autumn.
It’s been a long year, so as we approach the winter months, Eddie Doyle wants to provide audiences with content that brings some humour, warmth, nostalgia and entertainment into their evenings.
This autumn will see a focus on fresh comedy, light-entertainment formats and new talent, as well as hearing from some inspirational famous figures who have helped pave the way for younger generations in their respective fields. BBC Northern Ireland will also continue its partnership with BBC Three and Northern Ireland Screen in securing factual entertainment pilots for the channel from the local independent sector.
Eddie Doyle is BBC Northern Ireland’s Head of Content Commissioning. He leads BBC NI Commissioning in providing audiences with television and digital content that reflects all aspects of life in Northern Ireland.
The role sees Eddie commission content across a range of genres outside of news and current affairs, including factual, entertainment, comedy, music and events. He provides strategic and editorial leadership to the BBC NI commissioning team and works closely with external partners, BBC network commissioning, independent production companies and the wider Northern Ireland creative sector.
Eddie Doyle joined BBC Northern Ireland as Head of Content Production in February 2018. In this role, Eddie has worked with BBC Three and Northern Ireland Screen to develop a new strategy for the Northern Irish sector, in the production of digital content for younger audiences.
Emma-Rosa Dias is the Managing Director of Belfast-based indie Afro-Mic Productions which she founded in 2014. She has over 20 years of industry experience, starting off in front of the camera as a contestant on Channel 4’s reality show Shipwrecked in 1999.