Nick Owen

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For the BBC News journalist also born 1947, see Nicholas Owen (journalist).
Nick Owen
Nick Owen at Kenilworth Road, 21 April 2014.jpg
Owen talks to Luton Town supporters before a match at Kenilworth Road in 2014
Born Nicholas Corbishley Owen
(1947-11-01) 1 November 1947 (age 66)
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity White British
Occupation Broadcaster, newsreader
Years active 1974–present
Employer BBC
Television Good Morning with Anne and Nick (1992–96)
Midlands Today (1997–present)
Spouse(s) Jill Lavery (m. 1977–2009)
(Divorced)
Partner(s) Vicki Beevers
Children Four

Nicholas "Nick" Corbishley Owen [1] (born 1 November 1947) is an English television presenter and newsreader, best known for presenting the breakfast television programme TV-am and the BBC's local news show Midlands Today since 1997.[2] He is also the current chairman of Luton Town Football Club.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, to father Bertie, a headmaster and Dunkirk veteran, and mother Esme (née Burton), a music teacher, he attended Kingsland Grange prep school, an independent boarding school in Shrewsbury, between the ages of 7-13, then Shrewsbury School between the ages of 13-18. While at Kingsland Grange, Owen borrowed a Cliff Richard record from Bob Warman, who later went on to become the longest serving regional news presenter on ATV and later Central in the Midlands.[2] Owen completed his education at the University of Leeds where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Classics in 1969.

Early career[edit]

Owen's first job was as a graduate trainee on the Doncaster Evening Post.[2] After two years Owen moved to a job at the Birmingham Post, where he reported local news. He started working for the BBC's local radio station Radio Birmingham in 1973, as a news producer and later as Sports Editor. His first live broadcast was an early morning news bulletin during the Les Ross show.

Television career[edit]

Owen joined ATV in 1978, where he worked as a sports reporter, commentator and presenter. He covered the European Football Championships in 1980 and commentated on the World Cup in Spain in 1982.

ATV become Central TV, on 1 January 1982, and brought in a new duel news service for the east and west Midlands. Owen and Anne Diamond were chosen to present the new Central News East, but neither presenters were ever seen on screen due to an industrial dispute at the new studios in Niottingham. On 12 October 1983, the separate East Midlands edition launched, but by which time both Owen and Diamond had moved on.[citation needed]

Owen left Central TV in 1982 to join on TV-am, as a sports presenter. After six weeks the station was in turmoil and Greg Dyke was brought in as director of programmes. Dyke moved Owen to become a main presenter of Good Morning Britain from 4 April 1983 and was soon teamed up with Anne Diamond until 1986.[3]

Owen hosted a TV game show "Hitman" in the late 1980s. Having left TV-am, he then became a presenter for ITV Sport remaining with them until 1993, presenting Midweek Sports Special and also presenting ITV's coverage of the 1988 Olympic Games, Euro 88 and the 1990 World Cup as well as the game show Sporting Triangles. From 1992 to 1996 he co-presented Good Morning with Anne and Nick on BBC One.[2]

In 2006, he was awarded the Baird Medal by the Royal Television Society, Midlands, for lifelong achievement in television.[2] He was also named UK Speaker of the Year in 2010 by the National Association of Speakers Clubs.

He is currently a presenter on Midlands Today, the BBC regional television news programme for the West Midlands.

Luton Town[edit]

A lifelong fan of Luton Town, Owen became the Chairman of the club when the Luton Town Football Club 2020 consortium purchased the club in 2008 following a period in administration. The club began the 2008/09 season with a thirty-point deficit, and were consequently relegated from the Football League to the Conference Premier on 13 April 2009.[4] However, Luton did win the Football League Trophy that year in front of 42,000 Luton fans at Wembley, despite being the lowest placed team in the competition for the whole season.

Personal life[edit]

Owen married Jill Lavery in 1977 in Birmingham. The couple had four children together: Andy, Tim, Chris and Jenny, and lived together in Birmingham until August 2009, when they separated. They divorced in 2012 and Owen is now in a relationship with Vicki Beevers.

Owen was elected to serve as the President of Derbyshire County Cricket Club for a two-year period between 2007 and 2009.[citation needed]

Owen was the nephew of the oldest man in Britain, Reg Dean, until Dean's death on 5 January 2013.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV presenter Nick Owen honoured". BBC. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f BBC Press Office Retrieved 21 July 2010
  3. ^ "UK | England | West Midlands | TV presenter Nick Owen honoured". BBC News. 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  4. ^ Luton Town FC official web site Retrieved 21 July 2010

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Preceded by
Alan Towers
Presenter of Midlands Today
1997–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Business positions
Preceded by
Not known
Chairman of Luton Town F.C.
2008–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Business positions
Preceded by
Not known
President of Derbyshire County Cricket Club
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Not known