01/09/2016

Eamonn Holmes Quits Sky News Sunrise

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes from Belfast is stepping down from hosting Sky News Sunrise to pursue other projects.

Holmes, who has anchored the show for 11 years, confirmed he is leaving on his Facebook page.

He said: "It was the job I hoped to do as a young Belfast lad - and because of Sky News I got there!"

Holmes said he will now produce a present a number of documentary projects as well as continuing to work with ITV and Channel 5.

He said: "There is so much going on and I realised it was now or never...

"Sky's Head of News, John Ryley, has been very understanding and sympathetic of my decision. I would like to publicly thank him and the wider Sky family for all their support throughout my time at Osterley. John’s counsel and guidance in helping me to reach this decision has been invaluable.

"Finally, I cannot stress how hard it is saying goodbye to such a programme and the friends and colleagues who I have met over the years because of it - but nothing stays the same - nor should it. New studios mean a wonderful chance for new ideas and a new approach with new presenters. I hope they enjoy and respect the privilege of hosting Sunrise and waking up Britain and the world as much as I have. To those who have worked or woken up with me on Sky News over the years - thank you. I hope you appreciated that I tried to do it differently."

(CD)

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