Nicholas Owen | Journalist, Presenter & Rail Enthusiast
BBC

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. 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.

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World Metro Rail Congress Day 1 @ 08:50

Chairman's opening remarks

World Metro Rail Congress Day 1 @ 09:40

Keynote Panel: How can the rail industry fully embrace the digital revolution and bring us into the 21st century?

  • What will be the ultimate impact of IoT, artificial intelligence and sensor led technology on our business and our passengers?
  • Are future integrated transport networks still going to rely on systems that feed the metro, or more point-to-point solutions?
  • How will maintenance systems change and what will we need to do to integrate and effectively use all the data now becoming available?
  • The future for artificial intelligence in rail, how can it help keep trains moving, avoid delays and improve customer service?
  • Passenger expectations are rising – How do operators cater for the modern multimodal ‘always connected’ passenger?

World Metro Rail Congress Day 1 @ 17:20

Closing keynote panel: How can we make sure that the urban rail investments that we make now will pay dividends for our cities in the future?

  • Weighing up the initial investment in new technologies such as predictive maintenance when your current infrastructure is in need of repair?
  • How can we deliver higher levels of sustainability, cost-efficiency and drive capacity on our existing budgets?
  • What more can we do to get the most out of our existing infrastructure and what technologies can help us?
  • What are the latest innovative ways to fund new projects and raise money for improvements?

World Metro Rail Congress Day 2 @ 09:00

Chair’s Opening Remarks

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