Eamonn Holmes retiring from Sky News Sunrise after 11 years

Eamonn Holmes announces he is stepping down from hosting Sky News Sunrise after 11 years

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, 56, has confirmed his departure from Sky’ daily breakfast programme in a Facebook post.

He said anchoring his own breakfast show was “the stuff of boyhood dreams”, but that it is time for him to step down due to “having so much to do but little time to do it”.

Eamonn Holmes
Eamonn Holmes pictured in 2005 when he joined Sky News Sunrise (Yui Mok/PA)

He said he has several other things to focus on at present, including a “number of documentary projects” that he has put on hold for a while.

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

The TV presenter thanked Sky’s head of news John Ryley for being “understanding and sympathetic” of his decision, and also the “wider Sky family” for their support over the years.

Eamonn said: “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.”

The TV stalwart has presented Sunrise since 2005, following his departure from ITV’s GMTV which he co-hosted for 12 years.

He is a stand-in presenter on This Morning alongside his wife Ruth Langsford, and he also hosts Channel 5′s celebrity panel show It’s Not Me, It’s You.