Nicholas Owen

  • ITN Lunchtime News presenter

  • Royal Correspondent for ITV News

  • Anchor of The Parliament Programme

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Nicholas Owen is a presenter with BBC News, appearing on BBC 1's 'Six O'Clock News' and News 24. 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.

He 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.

Nicholas Owen was a regular contributor to ITN's Budget programmes, having joined ITN as 'Channel Four News'' Business and Economics Correspondent. He presented ITV1's live hour and a half 'Budget programme' in 2004.

During the first Gulf War Nicholas 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.

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' 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 Owen 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.

Nicholas is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, has four children and two grandchildren.


On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I just want to say a big thank you to Nicholas Owen for hosting our event. He was a true pro, very amusing and managed the over excitable guests very well! It was a pleasure working with him

NHS Foundation Trust

Nicholas Owen had the highest scores ever recorded in feedback forms - 90 % scored 4 or 5 out of 5

Pfizer Diabetes Debate

Nicholas Owen’s 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 which was much appreciated by everyone

Cornwall promotion conference

The evening was a great success. Please pass on our thanks to Nicholas Owen. He did a wonderful job and I kept having people come up and tell me what a good choice he was, including our directors who were very pleased. He was a delight to work with and we were very happy he agreed to be our host for the evening

Imperial College

Your professionalism, knowledge and the charming way you managed to keep everyone to time - a unique achievement at any conference! - provided the momentum and continuity which made the event so successful

Falkland Islands Business conference

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