Eamonn Holmes ends speculation that he’s departing Sky for ITV by signing a new five year contract with Sky News.
Holmes, who joined Sky News in 2005, will continue to present Sunrise alongside newsreader Charlotte Hawkins, sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao and weather reporters Isobel Lang and Nazaneen Ghaffar.
Sunrise has grown in popularity over the years since Eamonn Holmes was drafted in during the 2005 overhaul of the 24 hour news channel. The first hour of the show is also shown on entertainment channel Pick.
“I am delighted that Sky News has put faith in me to build on the increasing success and awareness of Sunrise. I am surrounded by top professionals in the studio, in production and in the field.
We all believe in the way we serve up our breakfast show and more and more digital and multi platform, as well as satellite and Freeview viewers, are making us the programme they wake up to.” – Eamonn Holmes
In August, Sky teamed up with Yahoo! to launch a dedicated Sunrise website, featuring clips and a live stream of Sky News. Head of Sky News John Ryley said: “The show has consistently high ratings and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it flourish over the last eight years.”
On Twitter, Eamonn tweeted “I have happily presented @SkyNews #Sunrise for 8 years now,and sometimes there is a time when you just know that it’s right to move on ….” teasing that he was calling it a day at Sky but in another tweet moments later he confirmed his new deal.
“But this is NOT that time. I’m afraid you will be waking up to me on Freeview 82, Ch 11 Pick TV and Sky 501 for the next few.”
The Northern Irish presenter also hosts ITV’s This Morning show every Friday with his wife Ruth Langsford.
The announcement today ends months of speculation that Holmes was close to joining ITV’s Daybreak. The ITV breakfast show has failed to connect with viewers since it replaced GMTV in 2010.