The former ITV newscaster, 80, said he was approached "very early in my career". He told The Jonathan Ross Show: "I got a call from somebody at the BBC saying, 'Could you come over? I'd like to interview you'. There was a lot of white wine and smoked salmon sandwiches and I thought all my ships were coming in at once.
"I thought getting a call from BBC TV meant that he had heard that I had done some TV in the West Indies."