Nicholas Owen




Strictly Come Dancing (participant, series 4)

Watching the Detectives


Born in 1947, Nicholas Owen spent twenty years in the press, including seven years at the Financial Times. He moved to television with the BBC in 1981, and transferred to ITN three years later, becoming first the economics correspondent, and later their royal correspondent. He used to present Channel 4 News, and hosted the lunchtime bulletin on ITV for several years. He moved to the BBC in 2007.

Nicholas Owen is not to be confused with Nick Owen, the former TV-AM presenter (who, coincidentally, was also born in 1947).


Very nearly presented Countdown; after Richard Whiteley fell ill, there were plans for episodes to be hosted by guests until he died the day before recordings were due to begin. Judging by his manner on Watching the Detectives, we reckon we dodged a bullet.

He's a railway and tram enthusiast, and provides the on-board announcements on the Croydon Tramlink.

Web links

ITN profile, via the Wayback Machine

Wikipedia entry

IMDb entry

bfi database entry


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