Sky News fans of Eamonn Holmes are breathing a little more easily today affter it emerged that the jolly presenter has signed a five-year deal to stay with the channel.
The presenter of the early morning Sunrise slot had been rumoured to be on an ITV wish list to host ailing morning show Daybreak.
But he has revealed on Twitter: “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 … 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 years.”
It is understood from sources that Sky “motored ahead” with the contract negotiations after it discovered ITV’s interest.
The head of Sky News, John Ryley, said in a statement: “When Eamonn joined Sky News in 2005 it was a massive coup and eight years on that hasn’t changed.
“Eamonn’s inimitable style and rapport with his Sunrise team has proven hugely popular with our viewers. The show has consistently high ratings and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching it flourish over the last eight years.”
Holmes, who also presents ITV’s This Morning every Friday with his wife Ruth Langsford, had been rumoured to be in the frame to take over Daybreak which is hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones.
The show has never been an ITV success story since it was launched three years ago. It was relaunched last year, with Kelly and Jones, replacing Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley who were axed in December 2011, but has consistently struggled in the ratings.