Charles realised early in his career that he was much better suited to radio than television and no one has ever disagreed with him on this.
Brought up in a household where the radios were adjusted to Radio 4 and their tuning knobs then ripped off, the station was a constant background sound during his formative years. So it was that unversed in popular music but something of an expert on growing roses, cooking and the best theme tune for the PM programme, he made his way from hospital radio to BBC Local Radio, to British Forces Radio, to the BBC World Service and finally to the doors of Broadcasting House itself.
While the commissionaires were looking the other way he sneaked into the building and has been there ever since. He hopes to continue introducing programmes and reading the news on Radio 4 until someone asks to see his security pass.