BBC NETWORK COMEDY: In Conversation with Jon Petrie


Wednesday 15 November, 2:00 pm

End Time: 3:00 pm

Downstairs Theatre



Jon Petrie chats to Eddie Doyle about the opportunities for writers, performers and producers making TV comedy in Northern Ireland. The conversation will cover specifics of initiatives and interventions that BBC Network Comedy has in play to stimulate new comedy suppliers and support comedy writers from here. Session will include a Q&A from the floor

You can also register  to meet the Network Comedy Commissioners in 1-2-1 sessions between 1pm and 2pm at The Mac, Wed 15th November.

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Eddie Doyle



Jon Petrie

Head Of Comedy, BBC

Jon started his career at Talkback Productions, before moving to Roughcut Television in 2008, making internet shorts for BBC Comedy. Early credits included Misery Bear, Cardinal Burns and Doc Brown. He went on to nurture a portfolio of new wave talent for television, including Anna And Katy (C4), Bafta and RTS winning Stath Lets Flats (C4) and all five series of the Bafta and RTS winning People Just Do Nothing, executive producing from series 4. In 2018 he oversaw People Just Do Nothing USA (Amazon) and in 2019 worked with BBC Films on the feature film People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan. In 2019 he was appointed Comedy Commissioning Editor, Channel 4 overseeing The Windsors, Friday Night Dinner and Dead Pixels. In 2020 he was appointed Head of Comedy at Netflix-invested indie, Broke and Bones, owned by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones. Jon is currently Director of Comedy Commissioning for the BBC.

Eddie Doyle

BBC NI- Senior Head of Content Commissioning

Eddie is responsible for BBC Northern Ireland’s Commissioning Department. Since taking on this role in 2020, he has commissioned a range of content for Network and local audiences, across multiple genres. These include documentaries such as Once Upon A Time in Northern Ireland, The House of Paisley, Murder in the Badlands and The Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland; Arts projects such as My Name is Ottilie, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Brian Friel, Shy Man, Showman; and entertainment and scripted content, Hope Street, The Paddy Raff Show and Dylan Moran’s comedy Stuck. Previously, he worked at RTÉ, where he launched and ran the investigative documentary strand Prime Time Investigates, before moving into commissioning across genres - including factual (A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, Maurice McCabe: Whistleblower, and The Man Who Wanted to Fly) and comedy programmes (The Young Offenders, Mrs Browns Boys, The Savage Eye and The Tommy Tiernan Show). Eddie is from Belfast. He joined BBC NI in February 2018, to run in-house production, before moving into his current role in commissioning. He studied Law at Trinity College Dublin, has a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City University, and Diplomas in Strategy & Innovation from the Irish Management Institute. He has worked in print journalism, TV production and commissioning in the UK and Ireland, and received Ireland’s TV Journalist of the Year Award in 2001 for his work in Afghanistan.