Eamonn Holmes spoke about his controversial departure from ITV after winning News Presenter of the Year at the Television and Radio Industry Club Awards (Tric).
His veteran broadcaster said he was “very proud” and that it was “especially meaningful this year” – referencing ITV’s announcement in November that he was leaving the channel after 15 years hosting 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 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 clapped. It’s not better than anything, it’s very emotional.
“It’s great to belong. It’s great to feel that you have a role to play. You’re not going to be a broadcaster anymore because you’re getting older. “
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’re coming for you.”
Later, when asked if he thinks GB News has a chance of surpassing ITV programming, especially without Piers Morgan, he said: “Oh my God yes.
“No (I don’t think their standards are slipping), I just think our standards are great. We are everyone’s channel.”
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Holmes added that he predicts GB News will surpass ITV’s morning breakfast program “hopefully next year”.
“Our audience has grown sixfold,” he said. 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 participating if you don’t want to win. There’s been so many establishments, we’ve worked very, very hard. There’s no point in doing what you do unless 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 are very lucky to work in television… I am 10 years old and I want to be a news anchor. I am a messenger. Forty-two years later, I still win the award, which is good. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/i-did-not-resign-from-itv-itv-resigned-from-me-says-eamonn-holmes-41819271.html I’m not resigning ITV, ITV resigning me, says Eamonn Holmes