Nicholas Owen: Biography highlights

Nicholas Owen is a well-known BBC News presenter, bringing dynamic enthusiasm, professionalism and humour to our screens.

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Full biography of Nicholas Owen

Nicholas now undertakes a wide range of corporate work, which includes hosting major industry and medical conferences, seminars and award ceremonies; chairing question time sessions, debates and media briefings, as well as giving after-dinner – and lunchtime – speeches.

As an example, recent bookings have included

  • Hosting the launch of the new one-pound coin for the Royal Mint with the Queen’s new portrait.
  • Chairing the National Rail Conference for many years featuring panel discussions and audience participation with figures from the industry, the Government, and the Secretary of State for Transport.
  • Host and present Staff Awards for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • Hosting the Royal Television Society’s North of England Awards (the biggest outside London) for many years.
  • Chairing question and answer sessions on the future of oncology medicine for Pfizer Ltd.
  • Chairing an international environmental conference at the Natural History Museum.
  • Chairing question and answer sessions at successive Police Federation conferences.
  • Chairing a BT workshop session involving other leading FTSE 100 firms.
  • Hosting a major international television conference at the Palais de Congress in Paris, attended by TV executives worldwide, both in the audience and via video links.
  • Facilitating and presenting international medical seminars including the European Society of Cardiologists and the European Haematology Association.

Nicholas Owen’s History

For well over a decade 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 BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2006. He also presents the Saturday lunchtime show on Classic FM.

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, for which ITN won an RTS Award. He compiled a book on her life entitled Diana: The People’s Princess.

He has been a regular contributor to ITN’s Budget programmes, having joined ITN as Channel Four News’ Business and Economics Correspondent. 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.

Nicholas began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror in 1964, 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 Nicholas 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. 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 also hosts many corporate and charity events, and is an after dinner speaker. He is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, has four children – and two grandchildren.


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PBLS Conference

The positive feedback about your participation in PBLS last week continues to pour in. Sincere thanks for all of your efforts. It’s always a distinct pleasure to have the opportunity to work with you!

KPMG Awards

Many, many thanks for your contribution to our Education Conference. The feedback from delegates specific to your contribution is extremely complimentary. It has been a delight working with you and I really do hope we will have the opportunity.

Royal Mint

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you once again, for holding us all together so successfully today. You were a resounding success and we all agree we simply couldn’t have done it without you.” 

Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology

“Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Conference. Your contribution was just what we wanted and helped to make the meeting a great success for all attendees. Thank you once again.”

Cornwall promotion conference

“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 which was much appreciated by everyone.”

IT international convention

“Thank you once again for your significant contribution to our conference. Your moderation throughout the two days and of course the days of preparation was invaluable” 

SAS director of Marketing & Strategy
Award ceremony for East London & The City Mental Health Trust

“Thank you for being a most excellent guest at our Staff Awards for Excellence….the feedback from staff has been phenomenal……You were absolutely brilliant!” 

Falkland Islands Business conference

“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” 

EMDA’S East Midlands Regional Development Agency Annual Public meeting

We had a very positive response to Nicholas – he went down exceedingly well not just with the audience but also our Chairman and CEX. He pitched everything exactly right with a good balance of humour and seriousness given current economic situation.

CanadaLife Conference

Thanks for all your help and support with the Canada Life Conference and for piloting the day so smoothly through the shoals and potential whirlpools of a corporate sales day…it was so reassuring to know that I had your experienced and calm self on stage to deal with any emergencies. A professional presenter on stage is the conference organiser’s own insurance policy.

Highways Excellence Awards

Thank you SO MUCH for all your hard work last night. You were a total star – kept everything moving, managed the rather noisy crowd extremely well and entertained us non-stop!” 

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

“It was absolutely fantastic thank you! The evening was a great success. Please pass on our thanks to Nicholas. 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.”

“There was unanimous praise for your witty and stylish presentation. Thank you for a hat trick of terrific RTS Awards, for which your superb hosting was absolutely the lynchpin”

Pfizer Diabetes Debate

“You had the highest scores ever recorded in feedback forms – 90 % scored 4 or 5 out of 5” 

Osteoporosis conference

“Servier were delighted with the event and thought you were brilliant! Thank you for being so kind and friendly. It was a pleasure to work with you…” 

NHS Foundation Trust

“On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I just want to say a big thank you to Nicholas 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.” 

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