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Eamonn Holmes this morning ends his long-running stint as host of the Sky News flagship breakfast programme, Sunrise.

The Belfast man announced he would be departing as the anchor of the show after 11 years and some 3,000 shows.

After undergoing a hip operation this year, the former UTV journalist said he was quitting the show to concentrate on other television projects.


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Making the announcement on Facebook, Holmes said: "Anchoring my own breakfast show for 11 years has been for me the stuff of boyhood dreams. It was the job I hoped to do as a young Belfast lad - and because of Sky News I got there.

"Forty-five years plus on I have other dreams, and to achieve them I realise that unfortunately I need to step away from the daily studio commitment for a while.

"There is an addiction to a live breaking news studio environment... it is a habit I have to suppress."

In stepping down, Eamonn will end his run as the longest serving breakfast news anchorman in Britain.

He will continue to host ITV's This Morning on a Friday along with Ruth as well as other television projects.

There has been speculation that the couple may want to spend more time together away from the studio after years of gruelling schedules.

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Eamonn’s first job on Farming Ulster
Eamonn’s first job on Farming Ulster
May McFettridge and Eamonn Holmes in 1988
Eamonn in The Crown Bar in 1989 for BBC’s It’s My City programme
Eamon Holmes' father Leonard
On ITV's Telethon in 1988. Eamonn stepped in at the last minute when original anchor Gerry Kelly, fell ill.
Eamonn Holmes with wife Ruth Langsford
Eamonn Holmes on crutches
Eamonn with Christine Bleakley on the Big Bumper Science Quiz
Eamonn as a UTV cub reporter

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