The sun sets on Eamonn Holmes’ Sky career after 11 years

Eamonn Holmes is stepping down from hosting Sky News Sunrise after 11 years.

The sun sets on Eamonn Holmes’ Sky career after 11 years

The TV presenter, 56, confirmed his departure from the daily breakfast programme via a post on his Facebook page.

He said that anchoring his own breakfast show was “the stuff of boyhood dreams”, but that it is time for him to step down due to “having so much to do, but little time to do it”.

Holmes explained he has several other things to focus on at present, including a “number of documentary projects” that he has put on hold for a while. He said: “There is so much going on and I realised it was now or never.”

He thanked Sky’s head of news John Ryley for being “understanding and sympathetic” of his decision, and also the “wider Sky family” for their support over the years.

Holmes said: “I cannot stress how hard it is saying goodbye to such a programme and the friends and colleagues who I have met over the years because of it – but nothing stays the same – nor should it. New studios mean a wonderful chance for new ideas and a new approach with new presenters. I hope they enjoy and respect the privilege of hosting Sunrise and waking up Britain and the world as much as I have.

“To those who have worked or woken up with me on Sky News over the years - thank you. I hope you appreciated that I tried to do it differently.”

British actor Jim Broadbent has been revealed as the newest cast member to join Game Of Thrones.

The 67-year-old will appear as a “significant” character in the seventh and penultimate season of HBO’s hit fantasy drama series when it returns in summer 2017.

Entertainment Weekly revealed the news of his casting, but further details about his role in the show have not been confirmed.

Broadbent’s career has spanned more than four decades, and has seen him win a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Iris and the Bafta Award for Best Supporting Actor for Moulin Rouge!, as well as a Best Actor TV Bafta for popular drama Longford.

He is also known for his roles in the Bridget Jones’s Diary movie series, the Harry Potter films, Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady and Time Bandits.

The Great British Bake Off contestant Louise Williams said she was “disappointed I didn’t get my chance to shine” as she crumbled under the pressure of biscuit week.

It was not a nice day for a white wedding in the baking tent as her gingerbread church fell apart in the final seconds of the Showstopper challenge, leaving her presenting two heaps of sticky biscuit to judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and securing her exit from the competition.

The bake – which she classed as an “A1 disaster”– has left a bitter taste in the Cardiff hairdresser’s mouth as she approaches her own wedding to fiance Simon next year, with Louise vowing, “I won’t be making a gingerbread cake.”

The 46-year-old, who bakes for charity coffee mornings, said: “I was disappointed, because I didn’t get my chance to shine.

“My real passion is bread, I bake it all the time, but my weakness as a baker is biscuits, so I am sorry that Paul didn’t get to taste my speciality – focaccias. I would repeat it all in a heartbeat. How could you not enjoy the feeling of being in the tent?”

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