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Nicholas Owen is a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel, presenting mainly at weekends.

Prior to this, he co-presented the ITV Lunchtime News with Katie Derham as well as reporting at home and abroad for ITV News bulletins. Other previous roles have included anchoring ITN’s Channel 4 News.

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.”

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 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 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. He is married to a newspaper journalist, lives in Surrey, and has four children – and one grandchild.