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moving on Eamonn Holmes rumoured to be leaving ITV for rival GB News

The 61-year-old has been a presenter on This Morning for 15 years

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Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes is moving on

Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes is moving on

Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes is moving on

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes is set to leave ITV for it’s rival station GB News.

The 61-year-old from Belfast has been presenting This Morning with his wife, Ruth Langsford, for 15 years.

A source told the Mirror that it’s the right moment for him to make the move.

“Eamonn’s move to GB News marks the end of an era. He’ll be missed by many ITV viewers but, the truth is, this job offer probably came at just the right moment for both him and ITV. All good things come to an end.”

Rachel Sweeney, a reporter for the station shared an article of the news on Twitter and wrote: "This is amazing news!!!!" tagging both Eamonn and GB News.

It is unknown if Ruth will also leave This Morning. She is expected to, but is likely to remain as a contributor on Loose Women.

Eamonn and Ruth were presenting the show on Fridays before being dropped and replaced by Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond. The pair now host the show during school holidays.

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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Ian West/PA)

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Ian West/PA)

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Ian West/PA)

It came after Eamonn sparked huge controversy by questioning why the mainstream media was not acknowledging a conspiracy theory that linked COVID-19 with 5G masts.

Ofcom received over 400 complaints about the comments, and Eamonn was forced to clarify his comments on the show the following day.

“Before we go on I want to clarify some comments some of you may have misinterpreted from me yesterday around conspiracy theories and coronavirus. This involved the roll out of 5G,” he said.

“Both Alice Beer and myself agreed in a discussion on fake news that it's not true and any connection between the present national health emergency and 5G and to suggest otherwise would be wrong and indeed dangerous.”

"Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven false and we would love to emphasise that,” he said.

"However, many people are rightly concerned and looking for answers and that was simply what I was trying to do, to impart yesterday.For the avoidance of any doubt I want to make it clear no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories. I hope that clears that up."

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GB News is a free-to-air news station owned by All Perspectives Ltd, that launched in June 2021.

Presenters on the station include former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Dan Wooton - formerly of The Sun and News Of The World, and former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster. Controversial Good Morning Britain figure Piers Morgan was also linked to the station.

Talks were held to try and recruit him, however the station and Piers could not reach an agreement on pay.

“He’s got his own idea of what he is worth and we have a slightly different idea of what he's worth,” Andrew Neil, the station’s former chairman said.

GB news has faced a lot of controversy since it launched just five months ago. In July, many of the station's advertisers paused the adverts they had running on the station over concerns about the channel’s content. Vodafone, Ikea, Nivea and Specsavers were among the brands. It came as Stop Funding Hate, a lobby group, called for advertisers to boycott the station because of what the station represented.

Ofcom also received 373 complaints about a monologue from Dan Wootton in which he argued against a COVID-19 lockdown extension. However, the regulator did not pursue the complaints.

"Our rules allow for rigorous debate around the response to coronavirus ... consistent with the right to free expression,” a spokesperson said.

It has been reported that the station has lost 60% of its viewers since its first broadcast.

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