Eamonn Holmes is the longest serving Breakfast Television anchor in the world. He is the most experienced and accomplished live television presenter in the UK, having hosted live daily programmes for 36 years. Nobody in British television today has such a record or expertise.
At the age of 19, Eamonn became Ulster Television’s joint sport and farming reporter – an interesting combination but something which signalled the variety for which he has become known ever since.
Credibility and versatility are what you get with Eamonn Holmes, now one of one of the most recognised faces and voices in British broadcasting.
By way of UTV’s Good Evening Ulster where he became the UK’s youngest ever Teatime Anchor at just 21, Eamonn was, in 1986, poached by the newly launched BBC Daytime service and a two hour daily magazine programme called Open Air, hosting BBC 1’s Holiday programme together with a range of prime-time BBC sporting events,
Eamonn’s reign as the king of breakfast television began with the launch of the newly created GMTV in 1993, which he presented for 13 years. That was followed by 11 years anchoring Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes on Sky News where his approach earned the channel a whole new audience and Eamonn much professional acclaim.
Outside of his early starts, Eamonn continues to host a wide variety of programmes on both TV and radio including the top rated Channel 5 documentary series How The Other Half Lives with his wife Ruth Langsford. Indeed, Eamonn & Ruth also regularly co-host ITV1’s This Morning and are in demand on many other shows and as columnists for newspapers and magazines.
Eamonn won the Television, Radio & Industry Club’s award for Best Satellite and Digital TV Personality for three years running and has received honorary doctorates from Queens University Belfast and Staffordshire University.
Father of four, Eamonn is a news and sports junkie and a passionate Manchester United fan but more than that, he has a great knowledge and love of football, as well as several other sports. He divides his time between Belfast which is home, Surrey where he lives, London where he mostly works and Manchester, where he worships!
Eamonn was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to broadcasting.