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Eamonn Holmes scoops top broadcast prize in London

Eamon Holmes has been honoured with a top broadcast award in London on Tuesday.

The This Morning and former Sky News host was awarded the news presenter prize at the 2018 Television and Radio Industries Club awards.

The Belfast-born presenter scooped the prize ahead of Sky’s Kay Burley and ITV’s Susanna Reid.

Elsewhere, Daytime programme This Morning was recognised for its 30-year stint on television as it bagged two gongs.

The ITV show - presented by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield - was handed a special prize marking its anniversary and also collected the daytime programme award.

Willoughby missed out on the TV personality prize, however, as Ant and Dec swooped to victory ahead of the Dancing On Ice host and Celebrity Juice’s Keith Lemon.

Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones was recognised for her leading role with the drama performance award while the medical drama itself was named best drama programme ahead of Call The Midwife and Poldark.

Emmerdale was named soap of the year while the show’s Ryan Hawley, who has captivated soap fans with his portrayal of Robert Sugden in the “RobRon” storyline, won best soap actor.

The inaugural series of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 picked up the best Food Programme prize while podcast of the year went to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Netflix’s Black Mirror, and ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and Love Island also picked up awards, as did Christian O’Connell for his Absolute Radio breakfast show, which he is leaving after a 12-year stint.

The prizes were handed out at Grosvenor House in central London.

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