Eamonn Holmes has announced his retirement from Sky News after 11 years.

Taking to Facebook, the Belfast native said “Anchoring my own breakfast show for 11 years has been for me the stuff of boyhood dreams".

“It was the job I hoped to do as a young Belfast lad – and because of Sky News I got there!

"Forty five years plus on I have other dreams, and to achieve them I realise that unfortunately I need to step away from the daily studio commitment for a while.”.

Holmes went on to say that he will continue to present ‘This Morning’ on ITV with his wife, Ruth Langsford as well as pursue other projects including documentary work.

Finally he added: “I cannot stress how hard it is saying goodbye to such a programme and the friends and colleagues who I have met over the years because of it – but nothing stays the same – nor should it.

“New studios mean a wonderful chance for new ideas and a new approach with new presenters. I hope they enjoy and respect the privilege of hosting Sunrise and waking up Britain and the world as much as I have.

“To those who have worked or woken up with me on Sky News over the years – thank you. I hope you appreciated that I tried to do it differently”.