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Revealed: Who will replace Eamonn Holmes at Sky News Sunrise?

Published 15/09/2016

The new co-hosts for Sky News' Sunrise, Sarah-Jane Mee and Jonathan Samuels (Sky/PA)
The new co-hosts for Sky News' Sunrise, Sarah-Jane Mee and Jonathan Samuels (Sky/PA)
Eamonn Holmes presenting Sky News

Sky News has confirmed Eamonn Holmes' replacement as host of its flagship breakfast programme Sunrise.

Sarah-Jane Mee will take over the reins from the Belfast presenter as the new anchor for Sky News' flagship breakfast programme Sunrise.

She will be joined by new co-host Jonathan Samuels, currently the senior correspondent for Sky News, as well as sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao and weather presenters Isobel Lang and Nazaneen Ghaffar.

Mee said she is "so excited" to be taking over from Holmes, and that the appointment is "a real honour".

She said: "I feel privileged that I will be starting the day with Sunrise viewers around the UK and beyond. Live news is always such a thrill, you never know where the morning will take you and I looking forward to finding out."

John Ryley, Head of Sky News, said: ''I am delighted that Sarah-Jane is to anchor Sunrise. She's enjoying a stellar career here at Sky and will bring a fresh outlook to Sunrise, combining a lightness of touch with sharp journalistic nous; I know she will excel in her new role."

Mee's career began at Sky, first of all acting as a runner for Sky Sports before moving to ITV in 2002 to become a sports reporter in the Midlands.

She enjoyed a brief radio career as co-host on Heart FM's breakfast show before returning to Sky in 2008.

Since then, she has worked for Sky News and has fronted Saturday Night Football and Cricket AM on Sky Sports.

Earlier this year Mee enjoyed a short stint as lead presenter on Sunrise, and she has said she is looking forward to "returning to the Sunrise hot-seat" permanently.

Eamonn Holmes is leaving Sunrise
Eamonn Holmes is leaving Sunrise

Holmes recently confirmed that he would be stepping down as the programme's lead anchor after 11 years.

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He said that 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''.

Mee will begin her new role as Sunrise's lead host on October 17, along with Samuels.

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