Charles Colvile started his broadcasting career at the age of 20 as a freelance sports reporter for Radio 4’s PM Programme. It was the original lucky break as he had only applied for a job as a clerk! However once launched upon the airwaves, there was no looking back.
After a short training spell at BBC Radio Oxford, Charles, still only 22, was recruited by Radio 4 and became their youngest ever staff announcer. Continuity Announcing and eventually Newsreading soon made him a familiar voice to the Nation’s radio listeners and when in 1980 he was loaned for a short spell to BBC1 and 2 Continuity, he had his first taste of the world of television which included a brief spell in-vision at Norwich.
In 1982 he returned to his broadcasting roots in sport as a member of the award winning BBC Radio Sports Team and he soon carved out a niche for himself by becoming the first regular sports correspondent of the Today programme.
Television was always beckoning though and another loan period – this time to the highly popular Breakfast Time with Frank Bough and Selina Scott – gave him the grounding he needed in the world of TV Journalism. It also a led in 1986, to his first ever documentary – about the M25 – which was broadcast on BBC 2.
Two years later in 1988, Charles left the BBC to work for LWT as a reporter and studio presenter on the prime time weekly current affair shows Friday Now and Six O’clock Live. This again proved an invaluable grounding in all round TV journalism as it honed his skills as an investigative reporter and interviewer. During this period he also kept his hand in with sport and radio by presenting two seasons of Charles Colvile’s Sunday Sport – a live five hour summer sports show on Radio 2.
By 1990 the landscape of British Television was about to change for all time with the birth of Satellite TV and. Charles was recruited by the fledgling B.S.B to be their main cricket presenter. When they and Sky merged later that year to form B.Sky.B, Charles had found his home.
In the ensuing 18 years he has presented and commentated on live International cricket from all around the world including Australia, the West Indies, South Africa and India. He has fronted Sky’s coverage of 4 World Cups and been an ever present and familiar fixture on the English Summer scene. He has made numerous profiles and cricketing documentaries – most recently the highly acclaimed series “Out of the Wilderness” which told the story of South African cricket’s part in the fight against Apartheid.
He has also broadcast on ESPN Star and Australian Channels 7 and 9.
Although now over 50, Charles continues to play club cricket for his village whenever possible – albeit at an increasingly useless level – although he has represented his beloved Surrey in the Over 50’s Home Counties Championship.
He is married and has to find funds for four children, two dogs and two guinea pigs.
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