Tania Bryer

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Tania Bryer
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Born (1962-07-05) 5 July 1962 (age 57)
Children2 daughters
Parent(s)Lionel Bryer Joy Bryer

Tania Bryer (born 5 July 1962) is a British broadcaster who is affiliated with global television network CNBC. She is host and executive producer of the series CNBC Meets with Tania Bryer and is a regular presenter of The CNBC Conversation. In 2017, Bryer was host and executive producer of CNBC's travel series, Trailblazers. She also contributes to CNBC's live programmes Squawk Box, Worldwide Exchange and Closing Bell. Bryer also appears weekly on Sky News Sunrise reviewing the news stories of the day.

Early life[edit]

Bryer was educated at Queen's College, London and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., from which she graduated in 1984.


After beginning her career in a sales position at Vogue magazine, Bryer joined Sky News in 1991 as a weather presenter. The following year she replaced Ulrika Jonsson on TV-am's daily morning show, Good Morning Britain.

Bryer has presented fashion and entertainment shows such as The Supermodels and Showbiz Weekly and presented and co-produced the critically acclaimed Newsmakers series and a six-part series on the fashion industry for Sky News. She also hosted Basic Instincts, a twelve-part series on human behaviour for Sky One.

Bryer joined CNBC International in 2011 as Host and Executive Producer of CNBC Meets with Tania Bryer.

Alongside CNBC Meets with Tania Bryer, The CNBC Conversation and Sky News Sunrise, in 2017 Bryer was host and executive producer of CNBC's travel series, Trailblazers.

She has covered the 2012 Olympic Games in London for Foxtel and has also contributed on Radio 4's Today programme, ITV's This Morning and appeared on BBC's Celebrity Masterchef and in the series finale of US television drama, The Royals.

She has written for various publications including OK! magazine, and has been the London correspondent for the New York City-based CBS shows Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition.

She also featured in an episode of the parody news show Brass Eye.[1]

CNBC Meets[edit]

CNBC Meets with Tania Bryer airs globally on CNBC. The series profiles celebrities and their philanthropy. Bryer has interviewed amongst others, Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Jimmy Carter, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Cherie Blair, Tony Blair, Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Sir Philip Green, Chelsea Clinton, Tamara Mellon, Jon Bon Jovi, Andre Agassi, will.i.am, Jessye Norman, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Lang Lang, Maria Sharapova, Diane von Furstenberg and Dolly Parton.[2]

CNBC Meets: In the Press[edit]

Former US President Bill Clinton admitted to Bryer in 2013 that if the US had gone into Rwanda sooner following the start of the 1994 genocide, at least a third or 300,000 lives could have been saved. Clinton explained that the failure of his administration to act during the genocide, which claimed the lives of around one million Rwandans, was one of the reasons behind the establishment of the Clinton Foundation. "If we'd gone in sooner I believe we could have saved at least a third of the lives that were lost ... it had an enduring impact on me."[3][4]

In 2014, former US President Jimmy Carter told Bryer he "could have wiped Iran off the map" with the weapons he had during the hostage crisis. Carter also claimed that if he had proved himself "manly" and had used military force, a second term in the Oval Office would have been possible. "I think I would have been re-elected easily if I had been able to rescue our hostages from the Iranians ... I would say I would send one more helicopter because if I had one more helicopter we could have brought out not only the 52 hostages, but also brought out the rescue team, and when that failed, then I think that was the main factor that brought about my failure to be re-elected."[5][6]

In a 2015 interview, celebrated opera soprano Jessye Norman told Bryer that "racialism was practiced at the highest levels of government" in the US. She launched a blistering attack on the US Congress and the "unprecedented roadblocks" they had put in the way of President Barack Obama: "... the roadblocks that members of Congress put in front of this President are unprecedented and they have very little to do with his policies and very much to do with the fact that he's African American. And I say that loudly because I know it to be true. I'm not running for office so I don't have to hedge my conversations here about this. It's racialism practiced at the highest levels of government, that is a thing which should not even be allowed. We should be better than that, we should be bigger than that."[7]

In a rare interview at Buckingham Palace in 2014, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York revealed to Bryer that he remains friends with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson for the sake of his family and because he feels it would be "illogical" not to. He said it was important they have a good relationship for their daughters and called her a "fantastic mother". He told Bryer, "It's just part of life's rich tapestry. If you've been married to somebody I just see it as illogical not to be a friend at the end of the day, regardless of what your set of circumstances are." The Duke also spoke about his time in the Royal Navy and revealed that he feared for his life during the Falklands War when he was shot at as he co-piloted a Sea King helicopter during one mission. "It's not particularly nice to be shot at and I can attest to that and you just look at life in a different way and you try to achieve more."[8][9]

In 2011, Naomi Campbell showed Bryer her childhood home in Streatham, London. She also addressed her past aggressive behaviour, her five-year battle to overcome cocaine addiction and her close relationship with Nelson Mandela.[10][11]

In 2014, Matt Damon revealed to Bryer that he would be "open" to reprising the role of Jason Bourne. Damon talked about stardom, his upbringing and how meeting childhood friend Ben Affleck changed their lives. He spoke about the battles they had to overcome to make Good Will Hunting and how he felt when he won his Oscar. He also discussed why he chooses to keep his family out of the spotlight and how he copes with fame: "It kind of happens overnight and you're aware that the world is exactly the same as it was yesterday … It's a very surreal experience because you know intellectually that the world is the same, it's just never ever going to be the same for you."[12]

Richard Desmond told Bryer in 2011 that being described as "porn baron" or "porn king" was "inaccurate". He says: "Porn to me is illegal and we had magazines which were sold through WH Smith and John Menzies." Desmond called Rupert Murdoch both an "inspiration" and a "rival", but said he is not "the greatest manager" he has ever come across. Desmond also talked about launching celebrity magazine OK! in 1993 in a challenge to Hello!, which he claimed was "dull" and "out of touch" with the British public. Desmond said taking on Hello! was the "hardest thing" the company had ever done. He explained OK! overtook its rival with the help of Michael Jackson's baby, the death of Princess Diana and the Beckhams.[13]

Bryer was the last person to interview iconic hairdresser Vidal Sassoon before he died. In a highly personal and moving interview he spoke about his impoverished childhood, his years in a Jewish orphanage in the East End of London and candidly about how his mother could not afford to look after them during the Depression. Sassoon talked about how he revolutionised the hair industry in the 1960s, how he grew his global hair empire and how he overcame many tragedies including the death of his brother and his daughter, and how he was facing the biggest battle of his life overcoming leukaemia.[14]

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy revealed to Bryer that it was love at first sight when she met former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and why she calls him "Raymond". She confessed it was a "relief" when her husband lost the 2012 election to Francois Hollande. She said: "I was very happy to leave and I was very happy to spend five years at Elysee. I was also relieved because my man is so much like a hundred percent person. I thought he might get a little rest and go back to a normal life, have more time for the children."[15]

London Mayor Boris Johnson admitted frittering away his student years "fooling around", but said he hoped his "embarrassing" antics with the Bullingdon Club drinking society could now be forgotten. Reminded of his membership of the Bullingdon alongside Eton contemporary David Cameron, the Mayor told Bryer: "I owe the Oxford Union and the institutions there a huge amount. If I have a regret, it's that I spent so much time fooling around, frittering my time at Oxford when I should have focused more on serious stuff."[16]

Cherie Blair told Bryer that the press attention on her life in Downing Street had been 'hurtful' at times and that it was naive not to give any interviews when her husband first came into office. She thought, "Why would anyone necessarily be interested in other things? ... But because people were interested and – because I didn't give interviews – it ended up that everything became focused on my appearance." While Blair was sometimes angered and "hurt" at the press attention on herself and her children, she said she did not have contempt for the British press: "Everyone's only human and there were times when of course it was hurtful. But he (Tony) always said to me, 'You complain about the British press like you complain about the British weather: it's a fact of life. When it's nice, the sun comes out and we celebrate that, but you have to take the rain as well.'"[17]

Maria Sharapova told Bryer that she is proud to be Russian and would never turn her back on her country. In a rare interview she spoke about her stardom, her upbringing and the sacrifices she made to become No. 1 in the world, the injury that nearly ended her career and how she created her multimillion-dollar business Sugarpova. She also revealed why creating the Maria Sharapova Foundation to help children and families who were affected by the Chernobyl disaster is so important to her. Maria discussed the pressures of the game with Bryer and her on-court, off-court rivalry and relationship with Serena Williams.[18]

The CNBC Conversation[edit]

Bryer also presents The CNBC Conversation series meeting international headline-makers and conducting rare interviews including HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Former South African President F.W. De Klerk, Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and fashion titan Tom Ford.

The CNBC Conversation: In the Press[edit]

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco talked to Bryer about his mother Grace Kelly and the values that his parents instilled in him as a child.

Bryer sat down with fashion designer and businessman Tom Ford for an interview about his Texas childhood, his feelings about Yves Saint Laurent, who wrote him "harsh" letters at the time he was creative director of the fashion house, and how he spiralled into depression and his mid-life crisis. Ford also talked about his relationship with his partner Richard Buckley and how fatherhood has changed his life. He gave a few hints about his new screenplay and revealed that he would love to dress the Duchess of Cambridge. "She's a beautiful woman, she's smart and I think she's doing an incredible job'.[19][20]

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan told Bryer that he was "bitterly disappointed" that the international community had not responded faster to the Ebola crisis, as the public health systems in the three African countries affected had "collapsed". He warned that a "dark cloud" could be cast over Africa if the press continued its scaremongering over Ebola.[21]

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk spoke about his transformative role as the final head of state under Apartheid rule, in an interview with Bryer in June 2015. De Klerk was appointed to lead a country racially segregated by law, but won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with the late Nelson Mandela for working to end Apartheid. In the exclusive interview, de Klerk discussed his "real friendship" with Mandela and how the fall of the Berlin Wall helped smooth the way for Apartheid's collapse. He also discussed the corruption allegations regarding South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup and the government of Jacob Zuma.[22]

Charity work[edit]

Bryer supports a number of charities and philanthropic initiatives. She hosts the King Hussein Cancer Foundation's Hope Galas in Washington, D.C., Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Amman, in the presence of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan. She also hosted the International Shafallah Conference in Qatar on Crisis, Conflict and Disability, moderating panel discussions with representatives of the United Nations and International Refugee Organisation.

Bryer has hosted the Women's Forum in Deauville, and the Women of the Future Awards in London attended by Cherie Blair and Princess Anne.

She also hosts the annual London Means Business Gala event for The Mayor of London and the Foundation for Future London to support the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games, and she was Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 inaugural Walkabout Foundation Gala in London with guest President Bill Clinton.[23]

Bryer is the chair of the National Events Committee for Cancer Research UK[24] and a patron of The Miscarriage Association and The Alzheimer's Society.[25] During the General Election 2015, she hosted a Dementia Hustings with representatives from the UK's three main political parties, including Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.

She supports Marie Curie Cancer Care and Caudwell Children and is an Ambassador for the Health Lottery.

Personal life[edit]

Bryer married Tim Moufarrige, a senior executive of sports agency IMG in September 1995 but divorced him in 2006. The couple have two daughters.[26] In July 2016, Bryer married hedge fund manager Rod Barker.[27] She is the daughter of Joy and Lionel Bryer.[28]

CNBC Meets: Episodes[edit]

No. Original air date Title Guests
1 September 2011 CNBC Meets Tamara Mellon Tamara Mellon
2 September 2011 CNBC Meets Richard Desmond Richard Desmond, Simon Cowell, Roger Daltrey
3 October 2011 CNBC Meets Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell, Quincy Jones, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes
4 October 2011 CNBC Meets John Caudwell John Caudwell, Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Sarah, Duchess of York, Peter Andre
5 November 2011 CNBC Meets Kelly Hoppen Kelly Hoppen, Vidal Sassoon, Gary Rhodes
6 November 2011 CNBC Meets Vidal Sassoon Vidal Sassoon, Mary Quant
7 April 2012 CNBC Meets Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Clinton
8 July 2012 CNBC Meets Richard Branson Richard Branson, Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Eve Branson
9 June 2012 CNBC Meets Andre Agassi Andre Agassi
10 July 2012 CNBC Meets Sherry Lansing Sherry Lansing, Tom Cruise
11 August 2012 CNBC Meets Carla Bruni Sarkozy Carla Bruni Sarkozy
12 September 2012 CNBC Meets will.i.am will.i.am, Angela Ahrendts, apl.de.ap, Debra Adams
13 October 2012 CNBC Meets Jochen Zeitz Jochen Zeitz, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Francois-Henri Pinault, Andreas Kronthaler
14 November 2012 CNBC Meets Sir Philip Green Sir Philip Green, Karren Brady
15 March 2013 CNBC Meets President Clinton Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Penn
16 April 2013 CNBC Meets Mayor Boris Johnson Boris Johnson, Lord Sebastian Coe
17 May 2013 CNBC Meets Cherie Blair CBE Cherie Blair, Tony Blair, Sir Bob Geldof
18 December 2013 CNBC Meets Lang Lang Lang Lang
19 May 2014 CNBC Meets Matt Damon Matt Damon, Gary White
20 June 2014 CNBC Meets Sungjoo Kim Sungjoo Kim, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco
21 July 2014 CNBC Meets Aerin Lauder Aerin Lauder, Michael Kors, William Lauder
22 August 2014 CNBC Meets H.R.H. Duke of York Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Peter Jones
23 October 2014 CNBC Meets President Carter Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Angelina Jolie, William Hague
24 December 2014 CNBC Meets Lauren Bush Lauren Lauren Bush Lauren, David Lauren
25 March 2015 CNBC Meets Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova, Billie Jean King, Virginia Wade, Nick Bollettieri
26 April 2015 CNBC Meets Jessye Norman Jessye Norman, Gloria Steinem
27 May 2015 CNBC Meets Diane von Furstenberg Diane von Furstenberg, Tina Brown, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Suzy Menkes
28 June 2016 CNBC Meets Dolly Parton Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers
29 November 2017 CNBC Meets Melinda Gates Melinda Gates, Jim Yong Kim, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
30 June 2018 CNBC Meets Li Bingbing
31 July 2018 CNBC Meets Charles Chen Yidan
32 August 2018 CNBC Meets Michelle Ong
33 September 2018 CNBC Meets Yao Ming
34 October 2018 CNBC Meets Kevin Rudd

The CNBC Conversation: Episodes[edit]

No. Original air date Title
1 September 2014 The CNBC Conversation: Sir Keith Mills
2 November 2014 The CNBC Conversation: Kofi Annan
3 January 2015 The CNBC Conversation: H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco
4 February 2015 The CNBC Conversation: Tom Ford
5 June 2015 The CNBC Conversation: President FW de Klerk
6 January 2016 The CNBC Conversation: Carolyn Fairburn
7 February 2016 The CNBC Conversation: David Hertz
8 August 2016 The CNBC Conversation: Michel Roux Junior
9 September 2016 The CNBC Conversation: Goldie Hawn
10 October 2016 The CNBC Conversation: Dame Vivienne Westwood
11 November 2016 The CNBC Conversation: Bernard Arnault
12 December 2016 The CNBC Conversation: David Walliams
13 January 2017 The CNBC Conversation: Karl Lagerfeld
14 February 2017 The CNBC Conversation: Arianna Huffington
15 October 2017 The CNBC Conversation: Jane Fonda
16 January 2018 The CNBC Conversation: Jean-Paul Agon
17 February 2018 The CNBC Conversation: Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Trailblazers: Episodes[edit]

No. Original air date Title
1 June 2017 Trailblazers: Lang Lang
2 July 2017 Trailblazers: Natalia Vodianova
3 August 2017 Trailblazers: Amitabh Bachchan
4 September 2017 Trailblazers: Tinie Tempah
5 October 2017 Trailblazers: Gwyneth Paltrow
6 June 2018 Trailblazers: Jean Paul Gaultier
7 July 2018 Trailblazers: Gloria Estefan
8 September 2018 Trailblazers: Cuba Gooding Jr.


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