Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen is a journalist and presenter from BBC News, Britain’s most watched news channel, and he presents programmes on Classic FM.


  • Career talk – what is it really like to front a TV programme when everything is going wrong? Or to interview the Prime Minister? Or to cross swords with irate business tycoons or senior Royals? Nicholas takes you on his zig zag journey via Fleet Street in its heyday, to many years of high-profile presentation of TV news and all that it entailed. He talks about his leading role as a Royal Correspondent to lighter moments such as his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.


  • Royal talk – He has many tales to tell of this interesting time in his career with personal encounters with Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen Mother, Prince Charles and many other members of the royal family both in the UK and on their overseas trips.  Nicholas re-joined the Corporation in February 2007 and for well over a decade before that he hosted all ITN’s major bulletins, including Channel Four News and News at Ten.

Nicholas re-joined the Corporation in February 2007 and 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. Nicholas also presents programmes on Classic FM.

He began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror before moving to Fleet Street where he worked for the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times.

He then switched to television reporting, joining the BBC in the North of England, covering both regional and national news as well as current affairs programmes, before moving to ITN when he reported on everything from The Budget to the Gulf War.

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 was fortunate enough to work with many members of the royal family – from the The Queen Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Prince Charles and many members of the family.

His auto-biography “Days Like This” was published in 2012. Nicholas is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, and has four children and nine grandchildren.  He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2002 from which he has made a complete recovery.  He is the Honorary Patron of Kidney Cancer UK, an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Cancer Research UK and actively supports many other charities.

He was honoured to be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Brighton in 2015 in recognition of his major contribution to journalism and services to charity.


  • It was a great pleasure to have you here for the ‘In Conversation with Nicholas Owen’ event.   We have received super feedback and we are grateful for your enthusiastic and knowledgeable contribution to our events programme.       Chewton Glen.
  • We have been inundated with emails from our Ladies saying how much they enjoyed  The Ladies Lunch. They all found Nicholas Owen very entertaining and have all asked fo him to return in the future.    The Vineyard


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