Eamonn Holmes spoke about his controversial departure from ITV after winning News Presenter of the Year at the Television and Radio Industry Club Awards.
his veteran broadcaster says he’s “so proud” and it “means a lot this year especially” – refer to ITV’s announcement in November that he’s leaving the channel after 15 years MC This morning with his wife Ruth Langsford.
It was later revealed that Holmes would be moving to GB News, where he hosts the channel’s new show Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel program.
During the winner’s press conference, he said: “I’m not resigning ITV, ITV has resigned me.
“I never received an explanation as to why they wanted to get rid of me, no matter what you were told.”
Speaking of his first day at GB News, he added: “I walked into the newsroom, I stood up and they applauded me. It couldn’t have been better, it was emotional.
“It’s great to belong. It’s great to feel like you have a role.
During the winner’s speech at the annual ceremony at Grosvenor House in London, the 62-year-old was heard saying: “Good morning England We are coming for you. “
Later, when asked if he thought GB News had a chance of surpassing ITV programming, especially without Piers Morgan, he said: “Oh my God yes.
“No (I don’t think their standards are dropping), I just think our standards are great. We’re everyone’s channel.”
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Holmes added that he predicts GB News will overtake ITV’s morning breakfast program “hopefully next year”.
He said: “Our audience has grown sixfold. We beat Sky News regularly and Sky News has been around for 35 years, I’ve been there (at GB News) for six months.
“It’s like a sport, there’s no point in getting in if you don’t want to win. There’s been a lot of grassroots, we’ve worked very, very hard. There’s no point in you doing nothing but doing nothing. when you want to win.”
Holmes beat Clive Myrie, Victoria Derbyshire and Stephen Dixon to win News presenter of the year on Wednesday.
He added: “I think you’re very lucky to work in television… I’m 10 years old and I want to be a news anchor. I’m a news anchor. Forty-two years later , I’m still winning awards, which is good.”
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