|Born||July 5, 1962|
|Parents||Lionel Bryer Joy Bryer|
|Spouse(s)||Tim Moufarrige (1995–2006)|
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 critically acclaimed and AIB-nominated series CNBC Meets with Tania Bryer and is a regular presenter of The CNBC Conversation. She also contributes across CNBC's live flagship programmes Squawk Box, Worldwide Exchange and Closing Bell, including exclusive interviews from London, New York and the World Economic Forum in Davos with amongst others, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Beyoncé, Tom Ford, Anna Wintour and Kate Moss.
Bryer also appears weekly on Sky News Sunrise reviewing the news stories of the day.
Bryer was educated at Queen's College in Harley Street, and went on to do 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. On a 2014 show, Bryer helped to raise awareness of the disease ALS by participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Alongside CNBC Meets, The CNBC Conversation and Sky News Sunrise, 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.
CNBC Meets with Tania Bryer airs globally on CNBC. The series profiles some of the world’s most successful and inspirational people and reveals how their philanthropy transforms lives. For the series so far Bryer has interviewed amongst others, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Cherie Blair, Tony Blair, Sir Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Sir Philip Green, Chelsea Clinton, Tamara Mellon, Jon Bon Jovi, Andre Agassi, will.i.am, Jessye Norman, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, Lang Lang, Maria Sharapova, Diane von Furstenberg and Dolly Parton.
CNBC Meets: In the Press
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."
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."
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."
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."
In 2011, Naomi Campbell gave Bryer exclusive unprecedented access to her childhood home in Streatham, London UK. She also addressed her past aggressive behaviour, her five-year battle to overcome cocaine addiction and her close relationship with Nelson Mandela.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.'"
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 #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.
The CNBC Conversation
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
In a very rare interview HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco opened up to Bryer about his mother Grace Kelly and the values that both she and his father Prince Rainier instilled in him as a child. Prince Albert revealed that she was a "very caring and very loving mother". "The way I see still today how she touched so many people's lives around the world ... I think that's always incredibly rewarding to see and it touches people in a very meaningful way, and that she had that spirit, that she had that heart and generosity ... I know that we are all better people for having her in our lives." Prince Albert also told Bryer what his late parents taught him as a child, and says they set a "tremendous example" that he tries to follow every day. The Prince was attending the World Economic Forum to participate in two forums on the health of the oceans, and said that the environmental issues are "very dear to my heart".
Bryer sat down with fashion designer and businessman Tom Ford for an exclusive 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'.
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.
Former South African President F.W. de Klerk spoke about his transformative role as the final head of state under Apartheid rule, in a very rare 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.
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 His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty 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.
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.
Bryer is the chair of the National Events Committee for Cancer Research UK and a patron of The Miscarriage Association and The Alzheimer’s Society. 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.
CNBC Meets: Episodes
|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, U.S. President Bill Clinton|
|8||July 2012||CNBC Meets Richard Branson||Richard Branson, U.S. President 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||President U.S. 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||U.S. President 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|
The CNBC Conversation: Episodes
|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|
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