|Born||Ann Rosella Othen
Hornchurch, Essex, United Kingtom
|Occupation||Broadcaster and journalist|
Annie Othen is a journalist and broadcaster. She began working in commercial radio in 1983, later joining the BBC in 1993 where she has presented both national and local radio shows. Annie currently presents the mid-morning show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. In 2011 she was nominated for a Gillard radio award.
Othen started off in press and Public relations. In an interview given in 2007  she explained how she got her first job in radio: "I was working in press and PR anyway, and I offered my services to a radio station for free, which is pretty unusual to do anything for free these days. But I thought, if you do it for free they might help out and they did. I went along to help on OBs, on outside broadcasts and it was the archetypal one day someone didn't turn up and I got the microphone thrust into my hand and I did a piece on air. Within a week I had a phone call from the station manager saying did I want a job". Annie joined Mercia Sound in 1983 where she presented the afternoon show. After Mercia she worked for a large number of commercial radio stations including Xtra Am, Heart FM, and Jazz FM.
Othen joined the BBC in 1993. In 1998 and 1999 she broadcast on BBC Radio 2 standing in for Sarah Kennedy and Alex Lester. She currently presents the Annie Othen Show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire broadcasting weekdays between 9am and 12noon. In 2011, Annie won a Bronze Gillard award for 'best mid-morning show'.
Othen regularly hosts the annual 'Carols at Warwick Castle' event.
Othen lectures part-time in Radio Production and Journalism including at Coventry University where, in March 2012, she presented a Journalism Masterclass