Eamonn Holmes interested in Daybreak presenting role
Eamonn Holmes has stated he is open to the idea of presenting ITV’s struggling Daybreak.
Holmes was a presenter on GMTV between 1993 and 2005 and currently presents Sunrise for Sky News. Holmes has quickly emerged as one of the favourite contenders to replace departing Daybreak presenters Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles. A return to ITV’s breakfast programme hasn’t been ruled out by Holmes’ he told the Manchester Evening News ‘I’m the longest-serving breakfast presenter in the country, so I’d like to think I’d be in the frame’. When asked if he’d been approached by Daybreak bosses he told the newspaper ‘In this business you get enquiries and approaches all the time.’
As well as presenting Sunrise Holmes also is a regular presenter on ITV’s This Morning – taking on presenting duties on Daybreak would bring the two brands closer together. While Holmes has seemingly welcomed the idea another favourite, Natasha Kaplinsky, has seemingly distanced herself. Kaplinsky was a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast before defecting to Channel 5 News; she joined ITV News earlier this year. A spokesperson for Kaplinsky is quoted by Media Guardian as saying ‘Natasha has already done her fair share of early starts on BBC Breakfast, so I can’t imagine she’d want to go back to those anti-social hours’
Other names tipped as possible replacements include Sian Williams and Chris Hollins both of whom currently appear on BBC Breakfast but have both declined to move with the programme to Salford. Gethin Jones and Helen Fospero have also been tipped while some speculate Kate Garraway’s presenting duties may be extended. The Daily Mirror today has suggested ITV are searching for “unknowns” after “poaching” talent from elsewhere didn’t work the first time around.