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Nicholas 'Nick' Owen (born 1 November 1947) is an Englishmarker television presenter and newsreader, presenting Midlands Today since 1997, He is also the current chairman of Luton Town Football Club.

Early life

Born in Berkhamstedmarker, Hertfordshiremarker, to father Bertie, a headmaster and Dunkirk veteran, and mother Esme (nee Burton), a music teacher. He attended Kingsland Grange prep school, an independent boarding school in Shrewsbury, from the ages of 7-13, then Shrewsbury Schoolmarker itself from 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.

Early career

After three years studying Classics at the University of Leedsmarker, and receiving his degree in 1969, Owen's first job was as a graduate trainee on the Doncaster Evening Post. After two years of reporting on town hall debates, Owen moved to a job at the Birmingham Post, where he covered local football among other duties. He started working for the BBC's local radio station Radio Birmingham in 1974. His first live broadcast was an early morning news bulletin during the Les Ross show.

TV career

He joined ATV in 1978. He later became a presenter at Central TV, teaming up with Anne Diamond. He went on to present Good Morning Britain on TV-am in 1983, co-presenting it with Anne Diamond until 1986. He hosted a TV game show "Hitman" in the late 80s. He then became a presenter for ITV Sport after leaving TV-am until 1993 presenting Midweek Sports Special and also presented ITV's coverage of 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. At first this was a hit show, but eventually was axed due to falling ratings.

He is currently the main presenter on Midlands Today with Suzanne Virdee, the BBC regional television news programme for the West Midlands. He is well known for his awful jokes and puns, usually connected to light hearted stories. In the fictional world of Alan Partridge, he is friends with the chat show host, and is thought by some to have partially inspired the Partridge character who, like him, moved from sports reporting to hosting a sort of "Middle England" chat show format.

Personal life

Owen married Jill Lavery (a nurse) in 1977 in Birmingham. The couple had four children together: Andy, Tim, Chris (born November 1986) and Jenny (born September 1988) and lived together in Birmingham until August 2009, when it was reported in the News of the World newspaper, that Nick and Jill have divorced after 32 years of marriage, with Nick moving out of the family home. The reason for the divorce was given as the couple just drifting apart.


On 17 October 2006, Midlands Today's science and environment correspondent David Gregory helped launch an official MySpace page for Owen in an attempt to make a mark on the world's largest blogging community. The page was designed by viewer, Jim Mobbs, and during that evening's bulletin when the page was featured, Owen's page received over 200 friend requests and a deluge of comments for the TV presenter, many of them grossly offensive. During the experiment, Owen received thousands of friend requests, emails and comments through the site, which closed in March 2007.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club

He was elected to serve as the President for a two year period between 2007 and 2009.

Luton Town

Nick Owen became the Club Chairman, 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 Blue Square Premier League on 13 April 2009.


  • Owen, N. In the Time of Nick (Autobiography). Brewin Books, 2004

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