Charles has been a broadcast journalist for some time. He started his career as a programme assistant with BBC Radio Solent in Southampton, and progressed through the BBC Journalism training course to become a reporter and then News Producer with BBC Radio Cumbria in Carlisle and BBC Radio Furness in Barrow.
During that time he covered many stories, but the most significant was the Lockerbie plane bombing. He later became one of the BBC’s first bi-media journalists working on local television bulletins for Cumbria, South West Scotland and the Isle of Man, as well as continuing his work with the BBC’s local radio network in the area.
In 1989, he moved into commercial radio, as the founding news editor of Orchard FM in Taunton. After that he started freelancing for a number of stations in the South West including BBC Radios Devon and Cornwall. As well as working for Radio Five Live as their South West news reporter, covering everything from the Malmesbury Two – the pigs which escaped from the abattoir – to the Boscastle Flood and the total eclipse of the Sun.