Claim to fame.
From there he would go on to present the Ten O'Clock News and a number of Welsh-themed programmes, while remaining one of the country's best-known newscasters. But did you know:
Born in Bridgend, as a child Huw wanted to be a virtuoso concert pianist.
He began work as a reporter for radio station Swansea Sound, moving to BBC Wales in 1986 as a political reporter, then chief Parliamentary reporter for BBC News.
He holds a first-class honours degree in French.
Before he moved to news presenting, he was on first name terms with Tony Blair's first cabinet.
He is believed earn around pounds 250,000 a year.
In a survey of accents, Welsh people said he had one of the most pleasant-sounding voices, alongside Richard Burton.
Despite now living in London, Huw and his family attend a Welsh chapel, and he speaks Welsh to his four children