As Nick Owen reveals Anne Diamond's support as they both battle cancer, why the pair were a golden TV couple
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Broadcaster Nick Owen has vowed to return to TV in the autumn after describing being told he had ‘aggressive’ prostate cancer as the ‘worst day of his life.’ He also revealed that he was being supported by his BBC co-star Anne Diamond and said on BBC Breakfast that “It is fantastic (to have one another at this time) but it’s just so ironic that she and I, who are forever associated as a partnership professionally, both have the quintessentially male and female cancer.”
In June 2023, Anne Diamond revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy. She revealed that she was told the news on the same day as her OBE was announced and said that it had been ‘a long journey.’
Anne Diamond and Nick Owen were known as the original golden TV couple; forget Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan and even Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield in their heyday. From 1983, they hosted Good Morning Britain for TV-am before presenting Good Morning With Anne and Nick from 1992 until 1996,
In 2018, Nick Owen and Anne Diamond reminisced about their time together on ‘Lorraine’ with Lorraine Kelly. Television presenter Lorraine said ‘there is something magical about your partnership.’ Nick Owen revealed that they knew each other before they became ‘TV’s golden couple’ and first met in 1979.
Anne recalled that ‘I was the new young reporter and he (Nick Owen) was the funny bloke in the sports department.” Nick then replied by saying ‘Nothing has changed.”
Nick Owen, who was chairman of Luton Town football club between 2008 and 2017, is being supported in his prostate battle by his wife Vicki Beevers, the couple married in July 2020.
Anne Diamond revealed to Dan Wootton in June that she had not only undergone a full mastectomy that required nine hours in surgery but also endured radiotherapy and a lumpectomy. "I don't have any advice for people because I'm still going through it," she said. "I'm well enough to return to work but I had the full mastectomy. This is the first time I've talked about it so it's quite difficult.