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Holmes deal to stay at Sky News

Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes has signed a five-year deal to stay with the channel amid reports he was being lined up to front ITV's troubled early morning show Daybreak.

The Northern Irishman, who presents the early morning show Sunrise, told fans 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.#sunrise"

Head of Sky News John Ryley said: " 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 tipped to take over Daybreak which is hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones.

It was relaunched last year, with the pair replacing Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, but was seen by 400,000 fewer viewers than tuned in to see the programme make its debut three years ago.

Chiles and Bleakley were axed in December 2011 after they failed to recreate their success from The One Show on the BBC and audiences slipped away.

A Daybreak source said it was "pure speculation" that Holmes would join the show and no changes behind or in front of the cameras had been agreed.

ITV said: " Aled and Lorraine remain Daybreak's presenters and Eamonn remains a key part of the ITV Daytime family on This Morning."


From Belfast Telegraph