Eamonn Holmes awarded OBE in New Year Honours List for services to broadcasting
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Eamonn Holmes awarded OBE in New Year Honours List for services to broadcasting

EAMONN HOLMES has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to broadcasting.

The television host, who has been presenting for almost four decades, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Among those paying tribute to the presenter were his wife Ruth Langsford, who tweeted: “So proud of my husband Eamonn Holmes. All his years of broadcasting rewarded with an OBE!!! Congratulations darling x”

Holmes marked the occasion by posting a collage of pictures charting his broadcasting career, adding that it was nice to be making the news rather than reading it.

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Holmes, who grew up in Belfast, studied journalism at the Dublin College of Business Studies.

The 58-year-old first appeared on our screens in 1980 at the age of 19 when he joined UTV in Northern Ireland as a joint sport and farming reporter.

He went on to present ITV’s breakfast magazine programme GMTV for 13 years and spent 11 years as anchor of Sky News’ Sunrise.

He currently co-hosts ITV’s This Morning with his wife Ruth.

Holmes, who was recently named Britain’s best breakfast host of all time, has hosted the annual Irish Post Awards for two decades.

Other stars to be honoured this year include Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, who both received knighthoods, and Hugh Laurie, who was awarded a CBE.

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