Charles Nove

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Big Break (announcer)

Brides On a Bus (bus driver)

Come Dancing (commentator)

National Lottery (stand-in announcer)

Popmaster (stand-in host)

Wipeout (announcer)


After a stint in hospital radio in his native Glasgow, Charles Nove became the BBC's youngest presenter when he was hired in 1978 for the new BBC Radio Scotland.

Three years later, he went down to London and joined Radio 2 as a newsreader, announcer and presenter of overnight show Nightride and weekly film magazine Cinema 2. Around this time, Charles got into television, announcing for BBC1 and BBC2 in both London and Glasgow. He also became the long-serving commentator for the original Come Dancing.

After an extensive freelance career, Charles returned to Radio 2 in 2007 to become one of the main newsreaders for Sarah Kennedy's Dawn Patrol, Wake Up To Wogan and the Ken Bruce show. He also runs the A1 VOX sound studios in London.


He may hold the record for the shortest quizmastering stint ever, as he once had to stand in for about half an episode of Popmaster when an outside broadcast link to regular host Ken Bruce failed.

Charles was also the guest announcer for the infamous Bruce Forsyth episode of Have I Got News for You.

Charles owns a quarter share in a 1966 London Routemaster bus. Two of the other shareholders are Radio 2 chums Ken Bruce and Alan Dedicoat. He also runs a company hiring out vintage buses for special events, which is how he ended up driving David Van Day around the country for Brides On a Bus.

Web links

Official site

A1 VOX Official site

Wikipedia entry


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