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Nicholas Owen signs to BBC News 24


BBC News is pleased to announce that Nicholas Owen, one of television's most experienced news presenters and journalists, has signed to BBC News 24 as a presenter.

 

He has anchored all of ITN's major bulletins for over 10 years including their daily lunchtime bulletin, the News at Ten and the Channel Four News.

 

Before that he was Royal Correspondent for ITV News and played a major role in reporting the death and funeral of Princess Diana.

 

He began his broadcasting career in 1981 at the BBC as a reporter in the North of England.

 

Nicholas Owen said: "It seems the right moment to go for new challenges - and I look forward to plenty of those, joining the line-up of presenters who have helped make BBC News 24 the country's leading news channel."

 

Kevin Bakhurst, Controller of BBC News 24, said: "I'm delighted that Nicholas is joining News 24.

 

"He is one of the most respected and experienced presenters in the business and will bring a real charm and depth of experience to the channel.

 

"He is joining a tremendously strong line-up of presenters and correspondents and I'm sure he will help to build on News 24's position as the UK's most watched news channel."

 

Nicholas Owen takes up his post at BBC News 24 in early 2007.

 

Notes to Editors

 

For well over a decade Nicholas Owen has hosted all ITN's major bulletins, including the Channel Four News and News at Ten.

 

He has also appeared in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing in 2006.

 

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 Royal Television Society Award.

 

He has been a regular contributor to ITN's Budget programmes, having joined ITN as Channel Four News' Business and Economics Correspondent in 1984.

 

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.

 

Nicholas began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror in 1964 before moving to Fleet Street in 1968.

 

He worked for the London 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.

 

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.

 

NL

 

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Date: 20.11.2006
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