A well-known television news reporter has spoken of his fond memories of working for a local newspaper.
BBC and ITN journalist Nicholas Owen worked as a reporter on the weekly Northcliffe title the Surrey Mirror as a teenager.
Nicholas, who is now one of the most recognisable faces in broadcasting, has written a memoir of his life and career.
On a visit to the newsroom this week he told staff: “I have the fondest memories of working for the Surrey Mirror. I really enjoyed my local newspaper days. I lived in the area, I got to love it, and enjoyed the whole business of getting stories.”
His 30-year TV career began at the BBC in 1981, and was followed by 17 years as a presenter at ITN. A career highlight was his additional role as royal correspondent at ITN from 1994 to 2000.
He said the opportunity to do that sort of job was a privilege and an opportunity to travel around the world.
Said Nicolas: “It was a time of great ferment in the royal family, with the death of the Princess of Wales and everything that came from that. The Queen was a very active royal, and we still had the Queen Mother.
“The Diana story was such a big one. It was the biggest story of the TV age – not the most important, but the biggest. TV was just beginning to go global, Diana was the most famous person in the world, and I was the correspondent at the heart of it for one of the two big news channels in the UK.”
The memoir, priced £9.95, is published by Blenheim Press on February 10.