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Mr Nicholas Owen | Journalist, Presenter & Rail Enthusiast

Mr Nicholas Owen, Journalist, Presenter & Rail Enthusiast, BBC

Nicholas Owen is a presenter with BBC News, appearing on BBC1’s Six O’Clock News, Ten O’Clock News, BBC Breakfast, and the Corporation’s 24-hour News Channel.


He rejoined the Corporation in March 2007. For well over a decade before that he hosted all ITN's major bulletins, including Channel Four News and News at Ten.


From 1994 to 2000 he 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. Nicholas compiled a book on her life entitled "Diana - The People's Princess", updated and republished in 2007.


He has also appeared in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, Celebrity Mastermind, The Weakest Link, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and Countdown. He has presented BBC2’s Proms programme, and a series for Classic FM. In addition, he undertakes a wide range of corporate work, and is an after-dinner - and after-lunch - speaker. He has hosted many industry and medical conferences, seminars, award ceremonies, and Question Time sessions in the UK and abroad, plus many charity functions. He also presents a light-hearted theatre show based on his wide range of experiences.


Nicholas Owen 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, then spent seven years with the Financial Times.


In 1981 he switched to television reporting, joining the BBC in the North of England, covering general and industrial stories for both regional and national news and current affairs programmes. For many years he has hosted the Royal Television Society Awards for the Northern region.


He joined ITN as Channel Four News Business and Economics Correspondent in 1984. During the first Gulf War Nicholas presented the highly-acclaimed Midnight Special Programmes when they were launched on Channel Four. He anchored The Parliament Programme, Channel Four's first daytime political series, and presented ITV1's live programmes covering successive Budgets.


Nicholas was born in 1947. He has a close interest in transport matters, especially railways and light rail schemes. His publications include a history of the British trolleybus. He struggles to play golf and bridge, is married to a newspaper journalist, has four children - and four grandchildren.


His autobiography 'Days Like This' was published in 2012.

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Appearances coming up:

Wednesday 12 November 2014

@ 09.05
Chairman’s Welcome Address

@ 09.10

BBC’s Nicholas Owen hosts one on one exclusive 15 minute interviews with leading executives from the rail industry. He asks them their views on the future of rail for passengers

Themes include:
What are you doing to adapt to the changing needs and expectations of the passenger?
What technology adoption do you think is needed to stay competitive and customer centric?
In what way do you see the door to door experience for passengers changing?
How do you see the high-speed rail market developing?

@ 09.50
Panel Discussion - How do we deliver against technological expectations of the consumer?

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