The voice of presenter, Charles Nove, is familiar throughout the UK, thanks to decades of being “all over the place like a rash”‘ on Radio and Television programmes and commercials.
Charles began his broadcasting life as a Hospital Radio volunteer in Glasgow. He was signed-up as the BBC’s youngest Presenter, back in 1978, for the launch of their new station Radio Scotland. In 1981, he was invited to move to London to join BBC Radio 2 as a Newsreader & Presenter. His programming engagements there included Nightride & the weekly film magazine Cinema 2.
From 1989 onwards, Charles pursued a varied freelance career. His Commercial Radio work has included presentation for London’s Magic 105.4, Jazz FM, Oneword Digital, and Saga Radio in Glasgow.
On Television, Charles has worked on a wide variety of programmes. These include Variety Club Awards, UK Dance Championships, World Circus Championships, The Lord Mayor’s Show, Big Break, The National Lottery. He also worked on the now legendary Bruce Forsyth edition of Have I Got News For You. He’s proud to have been associated with the world’s longest-running musical television series, Come Dancing. Charles clocked up 12 years as the show’s Commentator/Co-Presenter.
Known as a useful man to have around in a crisis, Charles was an obvious choice for the BBC’s crack “Y2K” team of Millennium Bug busters. They were on duty in a bunker as the year 2000 arrived, poised for action if the dreaded bug bit. It didn’t. So they opened the Champagne like everyone else!
During the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Charles was part of the team providing commentary for the international feeds of the Shooting events. You may also have heard those familiar tones voicing programme trailers and promotions on a range of channels. Plus perhaps during spells as a Continuity Announcer on BBC 1, BBC 2 and The History Channel, hosting in-flight audio entertainment shows for leading airlines. In addition Charles has been your amiable audio tour guide around some of the world’s finest Museums and Art Galleries. These include collections at Buckingham Palace, the Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre.
Charles returned to BBC Radio 2 to become one of the team on regular morning News duties. This involved gamely dodging the flying sausages and airy banter of the UK’s favourite breakfast show, Wake Up to Wogan. The Terry Wogan breakfast era came to a close in December 2009.
Today, Charles can be heard waking up the UK with a mix of classical music and gentle wit each weekday morning on the national station Scala Radio. He is also a superb choice as a presenter for corporate events.