Annie Othen

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Annie Othen
Born Ann Rosella Othen
Hornchurch, Essex, United Kingtom
Occupation Broadcaster and journalist
Nationality British

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.[1][2] Annie currently presents the mid-morning show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.[3] In 2011 she was nominated for a Gillard radio award.[4]

Early career[edit]

Othen started off in press and Public relations. In an interview given in 2007 [5] 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[6][7] where she presented the afternoon show. After Mercia she worked for a large number of commercial radio stations including Xtra Am,[8] Heart FM, and Jazz FM.

Recent career[edit]

Othen joined the BBC in 1993. In 1998 and 1999 she broadcast on BBC Radio 2 standing in for Sarah Kennedy and Alex Lester.[9][10] 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'.[11]

Othen regularly hosts the annual 'Carols at Warwick Castle' event.[12]

Other Work[edit]

Othen lectures part-time in Radio Production and Journalism including at Coventry University where, in March 2012, she presented a Journalism Masterclass[13]


Othen trained as a dancer and coached a team to the finals of Come Dancing. She once performed for Omar Sharif[14]


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