Nicholas Owen to present our Bury Free Press business awards in Bury St Edmunds

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Today we can reveal that television presenter Nicholas Owen will be hosting this year’s Bury Free Press business awards.

It is our second year of the awards, which will take place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on September 20.

Bury Free Press editor Barry Peters said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished journalist and television presenter as Nicholas Owen presenting our business awards.

“We will be celebrating the very best in local business and hope you can join us.”

Nicholas started his journalist career on The Surrey Mirror when he was 17. Four years later he joined The Evening Standard, before a stint on The Daily Telegraph and seven years with The Financial Times.

In 1979 he joined the magazine Now as deputy business editor before becoming business editor.

Then two years later he switched to television with BBC North of England before joining ITN in 1984 as Channel 4 News’ business and economic correspondent.

From 1994 to April 2000 Nicholas was royal correspondent for ITV News, playing a major role in the reporting of the death and funeral of Princess Diana for which ITN won a Royal Television Society Award.

He also compiled a book on her life called Diana - The People’s Princess in 2007 – one of four books he has written.

He was the main presenter of ITV lunchtime’s news in 2003 and was joined by co-presented Katie Derham the following year.

He returned to the BBC in 2007 presenting on the BBC News Channel and has a regular Sunday afternoon show on Classic FM.

Outside of work Nicholas is an honourary patron of Kidney Cancer UK. He was diagnosed with the disease in 2002 and had to undergo an operation to remove his right kidney.

He also has a passion for transporty and wrote Brighton Belle in 1972 followed by History of the British Trolleybus in 1974.

His autobiography Days Like This was published last year.