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Kristiane Backer is a TV presenter, journalist and voice-over artist based in London with a pan-European career.
From 1987 to 1989 she worked as a trainee for the private radio station Radio Hamburg. In 1989 at the age of 24 Backer became the first German presenter (video jockey) for what was then an English-only pan-European music TV channel, MTV Europe, where she interviewed most of the major artists and musicians of her time and presented a variety of shows until 1995. She created and hosted from 1992 to 1995 her own youth show in Germany, Bravo TV, and presented a daily guide to culture and entertainment, The Ticket NBC on NBC Europe. She later studied natural medicine, qualified as a homeopath and presented a health program on RTL. Backer was awarded Germany's most prestigious TV award, the Golden Camera, and two Golden Otto, for her television work.
At MTV, Backer hosted the Coca-Cola Report, the MTV European Top 20, Awake on the Wild Side, Headbangers Ball and Party Zone. After 1996, she worked two years on NBC Europe for the daily culture show, The Ticket NBC.
After many years' break from the television business Backer hosted again in 2009, including the travel programs for the Travel Channel, and the inter-faith program Matters of Faith for the international channel Ebru TV. She also hosts European business presentations, conferences, galas and award ceremonies.
In 2012 Backer published her memoir From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life in the UK with Arcadia and Awakening. The original book was published in 2009 in Germany and 2010 in the Netherlands. Backer is engaged in intercultural and interfaith dialogue and was nominated Global Ambassador for the Exploring Islam Foundation. In 2010 she was the face of the "Inspired by Muhammad" media campaign.
Backer hosts galas, conferences and corporate events around Europe and the UK and is a regular guest speaker at international events. She presented a monthly travel show for Travel Channel and an interfaith chat show for Ebru TV.
In 1992 Backer met former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan in London He gave her books on Islam and invited her to travel with him through Pakistan. Those trips created an awareness of spirituality. She converted to Islam in 1995. Backer still lives in London.
Conversion to Islam
After she embraced Islam, she said: "I found the truth that Islam treat women and men equally. In Islam, women have their right to vote in year 600. Men and Women dressed in a decent way. They are prohibited to tease each other. Indeed, the women need to elongate their dresses."[this quote needs a citation]
- From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired My Life, 2009, ISBN 978-1908129819
- Der Islam als Weg des Herzens: Warum ich Muslima bin, 2010, ISBN 978-3-548-74511-4
- Official website
- Kristiane Backer's channel on YouTube
- "Der Islam ist sehr zugänglich", Interview with the Islamische Zeitung (German)
- Biography Kristiane Backers Matters of Faith
- Christina Backer, from MTV to Mecca