- Began his broadcasting career at Ulster Television in 1979 as a farming reporter.
- Started working for GMTV in 1993, making it the most watched morning show (with Fiona Phillips) for eight and a half years until his departure.
- Joined Sky News in 2005 to host Sunrise.
- Started presenting ITV daytime program This Morning in 2006.
- Writes a column for The People newspaper and published his autobiography This Is My Life in 2006.
- Is a patron of Dogs Trust, a charity from which he adopted his dog Maggie in 2011.
- Supported the Dementia Friends campaign in 2014.
- Became a celebrity ambassador for Variety GB in 2015.