Eamonn Holmes: “I feel the pressure of staying in the spotlight”

Eamonn Holmes says he must ‘reinvent himself’ to ‘stay relevant’ despite 40-year career


TV veteran Eamonn Holmes has opened up on the pressures he faces in order to keep his TV career thriving at the age of 60.

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Eamonn Holmes has spoken on the pressures he faces within his TV career.

The broadcaster, 60, has shared that despite his impressive CV that he is aware that he must “stay relevant” and understands the importance of reinvention in order to keep his career thriving.

The This Morning favourite, who has been in the public eye for 40-years says that getting into his line of work is “very, very tough” but admitted that staying on top is “harder.”

Speaking on the Events That Made Me podcast, Eamonn, who is married to fellow presenter Ruth Langsford, shared: “As good as you do, staying in employment, people like me have got to stay relevant. To stay relevant, you have to know your market… You’ve got to see the trends coming and you have to reinvent yourself.”

He added: “What I would say about my job is that getting on the conveyor belt is very, very tough, very hard, but – staying on the conveyor belt is harder.”

Eamonn also reflected on his time at university and how he was adamant that he wanted to be a TV reporter – much to the amusement of his peers.

He recalled: “My journalism lecturer would go round the class and say, right, ‘what do you want to do when you qualify?’ and people in my journalism class would say, ‘I want to write for the Irish Times’, ‘I want to write for the Guardian’ or I want to write for the Independent’ and when it got to me I would say, ‘I want to be on TV, I want to be a TV reporter’.

“And the class would laugh. I suppose their point was you shouldn’t really express ambition like that, but to me it was direction, it was the area of journalism I wanted to be in.”