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Midlands Today

The latest news, sport and weather for the Midlands.

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Broadcast today, 18:30 on BBC One (West Midlands only) and available soon on BBC iPlayer.

The latest news, sport and weather for the Midlands.


Latest weather forecast - Monday to Friday only

Presenter profiles

Find out more about the people who bring you Midlands Today.

Nick Owen

Nick has worked in regional and national television since the late 1970s. He came to national prominence in 1983 as one of the first faces to appear on breakfast television in Britain.

Before Anne Diamond and Nick teamed up on the TV-am sofa, Nick worked at the Birmingham Post and what was BBC Radio Birmingham, before moving to ATV's sports department, later to become Central.

When Central won the Independent Television franchise in the Midlands, Nick became a general presenter and teamed up with Anne Diamond for the first time. In 1983 he joined TV-am as sports presenter, but soon took over the main presenting role.

He also hosted Olympic Games and World Cup coverage as well as a variety of other sports programmes, including athletics and boxing. He went on to anchor the game shows Sporting Triangles and Hitman, as well as presenting all ITV's royal premieres between 1986 and 1992. He moved to the BBC to co-present Good Morning With Anne and Nick on BBC One.

In 2006, he was awarded the Baird Medal by the Royal Television Society, Midlands, for lifelong achievement in television.

Suzanne Virdee

Suzanne joined the Midlands Today presentation team in April 2001 to present the late night bulletin and took over as the main presenter the following year.

After passing her journalism exams, Suzanne worked for Central Television before heading back to newspapers and working for the Sunday Mercury and then the Birmingham Evening Mail. She then joined BBC WM but after 16 months moved to Central News as a reporter, producer and presenter.

She is married to Andrew, who is a freelance national newspaper photographer. Outside work Suzanne enjoys cooking, reading biographies, going to the theatre and spending time with her family and friends and her cat Monty!

Shefali Oza

Shefali became Midlands Today's first ever weather presenter in January 1993 after being 'discovered' at an audition day organised by the BBC's Multi-Cultural Programmes Unit which was looking for new presenters for Network East.

Shefali was spotted by the then TV news editor Peter Lowe and the rest - as they say - is history. Mind you it's all a far cry from the role she actually trained for - as a solicitor!

Contact us

Telephone: 0121 567 6000

E-mail: midlandstoday@bbc.co.uk

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