King of breakfast TV looks forward to meeting you all

King of breakfast TV looks forward to meeting you all
Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes, who with wife Ruth Langsford regularly hosts ITV’s This Morning, says he is looking forward to coming to the town again for this year’s gala evening at Salomons Estate on Friday June 5.

The television personality is no stranger to award ceremonies, having hosted the first National Television Awards [NTAs] in 1995.

He also picked up an award with his This Morning co-hosts at this year’s NTAs for Best Daytime and Best Live Magazine Show for the ninth year running.

“Twenty-five years since I hosted the first ever National Television awards… now it’s nice to be nominated a quarter of a century later,” he said of his latest accolade.

Eamonn, who was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to broadcasting in a career spanning nearly 40 years, will be following in the Tunbridge Wells footsteps of fellow broadcaster Ken Bruce, who presented the Times awards in 2017, as well as Michael Portillo, Edwina Curry and Strictly star Anton du Beke – who presented last year’s awards.

The Belfast-born journalist told the Times this week that he had been to Tunbridge Wells on a number of occasions, and was looking forward to returning.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting Tunbridge Wells again in June,” he said. “It has been a while since I last visited, so it’ll be nice to see what has changed.

“And, of course, it is also always a pleasure to celebrate other people’s awards success.”

The 60-year-old TV star began his career at 19 at Ulster Television in Belfast, and became the youngest anchor to host a TV news programme when he presented Good Evening Ulster at the age of 21.

He moved to the BBC in 1986, but it was his move to ITV in the early 1990s that cemented his place as a titan of breakfast TV, after he presented GMTV from 1993 until 2005, which has earned him the moniker ‘king of breakfast TV’.

To enter the business awards, or to book tickets for the black tie gala dinner at Salomons Estate on June 5, where you can meet Eamonn Holmes in person, call Eileen Sweeney on 01892 779583. Tickets are £900 for a table of ten or £99 each.

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