Eamonn Holmes has blasted his early wake-up call as he made his debut on GB News this morning but thanked fans for all their support.
The 62-year-old TV presenter joined Isabel Webster for the first show together on the channel on Bank Holiday Monday following his exit from ITV’s This Morning.
‘Well, everything is good apart from getting back up at this time,’ Eamonn started the programme by saying.
‘What is worthwhile is knowing that you guys are out there. I’m having some lovely messages from people all around the country who are looking forward to whatever we’re going to do differently.
‘Hopefully, we are going to do lots of things differently.’
Eamonn continued: ‘We’re going to do news but we’re going to do news with views. We’re going to do your news too because if it’s important to you, it is important to us.’
Isabel added: ‘At the heart of our programme is going to be your thoughts, your stories, what’s getting on your wick.’
New breakfast host Eamonn replaces broadcaster Simon McCoy on GB News.
It was announced in November that he would be leaving ITV after 15 years hosting This Morning alongside his wife Ruth Langsford.
In announcing his departure from ITV, Eamonn said: ‘I’ve spent my career on broadcasting firsts and start-ups and GB News is one of the most exciting yet. It’s just the kind of shake-up the industry needs.
‘I’ve admired GB News from the beginning for its clever mix of punchy debate but delivered with warmth and even some fun.
‘To me, the greatest honour in journalism is to give a voice and respect to the unheard, and that’s exactly what GB News is all about.’
On Tuesday, the presenter along with Isabel will be the first to present on GB News Radio, the broadcaster’s new dual service.
The corporation will become the UK’s only broadcaster to simulcast its entire output live on both radio and television nationally.
Chief executive officer Angelos Frangopoulos has said the changes were the first of many for 2022.
‘With radio, we’re turning traditional media on its head because everyone will be able to continue with the same channel whether they’re at home, travelling, or at work,’ he said.
‘We set out to innovate and shake up news media and that’s what we’re doing, whether it’s on mass reach television and DAB radio, online, apps, live on YouTube, or digital platforms, GB News will be wherever audiences want us to be.’