Nick Owen

I have been a TV presenter since 1978 after some years on newspapers and radio.

My TV career began in Birmingham with the old ATV. I think I am probably proudest of being a pioneer of breakfast television in the UK. Lucky to have interviewed leading figures from the world of politics, sport and showbiz over the years. I have presented BBC Midlands Today since 1997.

Were you born in Birmingham? No

What made you come to Birmingham? I landed a job as a reporter on The Birmingham Post newspaper back in 1971.

When was your breakthrough moment? Being asked to replace David Frost and become the main presenter of TV-am in 1983.

How did you get into what you’re doing today? I was approached to present Midlands Today after Good Morning with Anne and Nick came to the end of its 600 programme run.

What’s the greatest memory from your career? Interviewing seven PMs, hosting the Olympics for ITV in 1988 and the 1990 World Cup, working frequently with Princess Diana, being on air on the first day of breakfast tv in 1983.

Favourite thing to do in Birmingham? Going to cricket at Edgbaston, eating out.

What makes Birmingham stand out to you? Phenomenal amount of varying venues for sport and the arts, all within small city centre area. Outstanding regeneration of the city, particularly surrounding the canals.

What are your thoughts on the future of Birmingham? Judging by development plans, it can only get better.

If you could change one thing about Birmingham, what would it be? I would like to see the poorer areas uplifted.

Who’s the most famous person you think is from Birmingham? Over history, Neville Chamberlain.

Who are your heroes? Someone you look up to? The late Eric Morecambe, miles ahead of the rest.

If you had a dinner party, which 3 people would you invite? The three grandparents I never knew.

What are your plans for the future? Keep broadcasting.

Who’s the most famous person in your phone book? Confidential!