Eamonn Holmes Awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List
Eamonn Holmes has been a television reporter since he was 19.
He began his career at Ulster Television in Belfast and at 21 became the youngest anchor of a TV news or current affairs programme when he was given the “Good Evening Ulster ” teatime show in Sept 1982.
He held that role until going Network, headhunted by the BBC in 1986 to front one of their pioneering new Daytime Shows Open Air, a daily interactive programme which debated the previous night’s viewing across the then 4 Terrestrial TV Channels.
A 6-year connection with BBC Sport, BBC Breakfast News and The BBC Holiday programme followed, before he was poached by the new ITV breakfast franchise, GMTV, which he anchored for 12 years.
His body of work in that time also included five years of Live Saturday night television in the form of The National Lottery Jet Set on BBC 1 and a plethora of sport, quiz and entertainment shows for various channels.
Recognising Eamonn’s reputation as the most experienced and capable live presenter in the UK, in 2005 Sky News made him an offer to solo host their breakfast show which became “Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes.”
The following 11 years were amongst his most fulfilling and built on his reputation as a journalist and no nonsense interviewer.
Meanwhile on television Eamonn’s professional pairing presenting with his wife Ruth Langsford grew in popularity since being ask to host The Queens Golden Jubilee for ITV’s This Morning in 2002. It’s a partnership that has given them 16 years presenting the flagship show together, their real couple relationship proving irresistible with viewers.
The attachment and trust the watching public have with Eamonn and Ruth as a couple has lead to a plethora of other top rated shows including Channel 5′s ‘How the Other Half Lives’.
2018 marks a 38th year for Eamonn Holmes on our screens. In that time he has anchored more five-day-a-week live telly than any other household name.
Good Evening Ulster, Open Air, GMTV, Jet Set, Snooker, Darts, tennis, football, SKY NEWS and This Morning are all areas from which various viewers will have various memories.
Eamonn is known within the business for being approachable, for promoting Northern Ireland, for promoting talent and for his advice and mentoring.
His OBE recognises an amazingly varied top-flight career.
“It’s like getting a gold star for your homework.
“2018 will be my 38th year as a broadcaster and I can’t think of a better way of marking that. It’s a wonderful accolade.”
“Throughout my career, I have always tried to represent everyone in Northern Ireland as best I can and as well as I can.
“It was, and is, so important to me that everyday programmes come from here, that there are broadcast job opportunities for people who live here, and that national television includes us in normal issues – not just the abnormal ones we were once best known for.
“So, while I understand not everyone may want to share in my award, if you do, see it as FOR US, rather than for me.
“Thank you for supporting and staying with me for all these years.”