Exclusive interview to premiere on 1 October, President Jimmy Carter's 90th birthday, and will air globally on CNBC
LONDON, 22 September 2014 – The next episode of CNBC Meets, presenter Tania Bryer is granted unprecedented access with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for a special programme to celebrate his 90th year.
The 30 minute interview will premiere in the UK and across Europe on 1st October 2014 at 10.00pm BST, the day of his 90th birthday. The programme will also air on CNBC networks in the United States and Asia Pacific and will also be available online at www.cnbcmeets.cnbc.com.
In this exclusive and historical programme, Tania Bryer speaks with President Carter about his childhood in America's segregated South and how this fostered his passion for human rights. He reveals to Bryer his feelings about his time in the Oval Office from 1977-1981 which was marked by international crises and domestic recession. He recounts his achievements and talks candidly about the Iran hostage crisis that led to his White House defeat.
In the interview President Carter says, "I could've been re-elected if I'd taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and manly and so forth. But I think I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages and so I stood up against all that advice, and then eventually my prayers were answered and every hostage came home safe and free. And so I think I made the right decision in retrospect, but it was not easy at the time."
Since leaving office, President Carter along with his wife Rosalynn have been dedicating their lives to improving human rights throughout the world with their mission of waging peace and fighting disease. He tells Bryer about the work The Carter Center has been doing for over 30 years and how he and his wife are at the heart of every project and what it means to them.
In the interview President Carter discusses his legacy saying, "I'd like to be remembered as a champion of peace and human rights. Those are the two things that I've found as kind of a guide for my life. I've done the best I could with those, not always successful of course, but I'd say peace and human rights."
Within this personal and insightful interview Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter talks openly about their life together, their joint drive and determination to make the world a better place and about their marriage, which is now in its 68th year.
Bryer also goes to meet with Angelina Jolie, Sir Richard Branson and Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, who give further insight into this extraordinary man.
The CNBC Meets series is produced and directed by CNBC in London. In the UK, CNBC is available on all major pay-tv platforms: Sky (channel 505), Virgin (613) and Freesat (210).
The promo for this special programme can be viewed on CNBC International's YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQOdX9Ttjwo
Notes to Editors
About CNBC Meets
CNBC Meets presenter Tania Bryer profiles some of the world's most influential people and examines how they have achieved success in their career, their home life and their commitments to philanthropy. In each half-hour programme Tania Bryer gets 'up close and personal' with its interviewees with extraordinary access to each guest. The CNBC Meets series has featured a variety of high profile global figures from the worlds of business, politics, sport, media and the arts, including Sir Richard Branson, Jon Bon Jovi, will.i.am, President Clinton, Andre Agassi, Sir Philip Green, Aerin Lauder, Matt Damon, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Mayor Boris Johnson and HRH The Duke of York.
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Editor - Brian Watkinson
Executive Producers - Tania Bryer and Martin Conroy
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