Nicholas Owen is currently a presenter on Classic FM with his own weekend show.
Formerly he was 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.
"Thank you for your participation at MetroRail this week! We've received great feedback on the quality of this year's discussions, which is entirely down to your fantastic hosting and the speaker faculty. I really enjoyed working with you in the lead-up to the event, and onsite. The interview panel discussion was received really well and attendees loved the dragons den innovation session. Your time keeping and enthusiasm was faultless."
Terrapinn for MetroRail
"Nicholas was a dream to work with, as always!" Nicholas hosted the Manchester Evening News Awards - November 2013
"Nicholas Owen was fantastic and well received by all it was a pleasure to meet him." Trinity Event Solutions for the AFM Annual Conference - October 2013
"Nicholas is a pleasure to work with. He is always enthusiastic and interested in the businesses and people at our awards. He can capture the attention of the audience and encourages a great atmosphere in the room." Nicholas hosted the Achievement Wales Awards for the Liverpool Daily Post - December 2012
"Nick was spot on last week as ever!" Emergency Service Awards for PSI - April 2011
"The awards went very well in the North East and Nicholas was excellent!" RICS - May 2009
"I just wanted to thank you on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund for doing such a terrific job presenting/hosting last week's Nationwide Community and Heritage Awards. You made everyone feel very welcome and linked the event together beautifully. " Heritage Lottery Fund - November 2008
"We have had fantastic feed back from those who attended...Your skills as our Chair really enhanced the evening and kept our somewhat individually minded guests on track when necessary, with a high level of professionalism and humour...thank you very much for your work with us, you did a great job" Cornwall Pure Business - June 2008