About

Chances are, you’ll know the Scottish voice of Charles Nove from somewhere.  He’s been around UK national and local Radio and Television programmes and commercials for some 37 years.

Charles began his broadcasting life as a Hospital Radio volunteer in Glasgow, before being signed-up, back in 1978, as the BBC’s youngest Presenter, 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 and 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, while back at BBC Radio 2 from 2007, Charles became one of the team gamely dodging the flying sausages and airy banter of the UK’s favourite breakfast show, Wake Up to Wogan

On Television, Charles has worked on a wide range of programmes, including Variety Club Awards, UK Dance Championships, World Circus Championships, The Lord Mayor’s Show, Big Break, The National Lottery and the 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, clocking up 12 years as the show’s Commentator/Co-Presenter.

Known as a useful and versatile man to have around in a crisis, Charles was an obvious choice for the BBC’s crack “Y2K” team of Millennium Bug busters, who 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, or perhaps during spells as a Continuity Announcer on BBC 1, BBC 2 and The History Channel, hosting in-flight audio entertainment shows for the world’s leading airlines, or being your amiable audio tour guide around some of the world’s finest Museums and Art Galleries, including collections at Buckingham Palace, the Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, the Louvre, Pompidou Centre, the famous historic Abbey on Iona and the museum devoted to Tintin creator, Herge, in Belgium. Fans of the Finnish melodic heavy-metal band Nightwish were tantalised by a series of videos and a television documentary, all voiced by Charles, ahead of the release of their album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Hot on the heels of that came a call from German power-metal band Powerwolf to narrate their latest promotional documentary. Meanwhile, YouTubers EpicHistory.tv have been making use of Charles to narrate their expanding collection of fine videos.

When BBC Local Radio came calling, Charles answered with occasional presenting appearances on BBC Radio Devon, before settling in at BBC Radio Oxford where, for 5 years, he talked Religion and Ethics on the Sunday Breakfast show. BBC Radio Oxford is where you’ll find Charles now on weekday Breakfast duties from 6 am, starting the day with music and a good old blether about matters arising.

In addition to his voicing and presenting work, Charles keeps busy as the boss of A1 VOX, the London sound studios, and as co-owner, with three fellow broadcasters, of the fine fleet of vintage London Routemaster buses operated by ThisBus.com and London By Routemaster