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Nicholas Owen is a journalist and presenter with BBC News, Britain's most watched news channel, as well as appearing on BBC 1. He re-joined the Corporation in February 2007. For well over a decade before that he hosted all ITN's major bulletins, including Channel Four News and News at Ten. He has also appeared in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including being a contestant in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing and presenting a Prom concert on BBC 2. Nicholas presents his own show on Classic FM on Saturday afternoons.
He began his journalistic career on the 'Surrey Mirror' in 1964 before moving to Fleet Street in 1968. He worked for the 'Evening Standard' and the 'Daily Telegraph' before spending seven years with the 'Financial Times'.
In 1981 he switched to television reporting, joining the BBC in the North of England, and covering general and industrial stories for both regional and national news and current affairs programmes. He moved to ITN in 1984.
Nicholas was a regular contributor to ITN's Budget programmes, having joined ITN as Channel Four News' Business and Economics Correspondent. During the first Gulf War he presented the highly- acclaimed Midnight Special Programmes when they were launched on Channel Four. He also anchored The Parliament Programme, Channel Four's first daytime political series.
From 1994 to 2000 Nicholas was Royal Correspondent for ITV News. In that capacity he played a major role in reporting on the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. He compiled a book on her life entitled Diana - The People's Princess which was updated and republished in 2007. His auto-biography Days Like This was published in 2012.
Nicholas also undertakes a wide range of corporate work, and is an after-dinner speaker. He has hosted many industry and medical conferences, seminars, and question time sessions in all parts of the UK. He has hosted award ceremonies and media briefings as well as performed his own An Evening with Nicholas Owen.
He has a close interest in transport matters, especially railways and light rail schemes. His publications include a history of the British trolleybus. He can sometimes be found driving trains for the Volk's Railway, (the oldest electric line in the world) in Brighton and he provides the voice over on the Tramlink in Croydon.
Born in 1947, Nicholas is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, and has four children and nine grandchildren. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2002 from which he has made a complete recovery.
He is the Honorary Patron of Kidney Cancer UK, an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust and Cancer Research UK and actively supports many other charities. He was honoured to be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Brighton in 2015 in recognition of his major contribution to journalism and services to charity.