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Business Today
Business Today
Business Today is the daily business news programme from the BBC. Broadcast live every evening - Monday to Friday - at 2230 on BBC News 24 it is presented from London and New York by Manisha Tank and Tanya Beckett, with Nils Blythe out and about at the heart of the business agenda.

Business Today gets beyond the headlines and behind the numbers. The programme takes an analytical approach to the financial and company news of the day, providing coverage that will be of real value to business viewers.

Manisha Tank, London

I've always had a keen interest in international affairs, both political and economic - one reason why I interned at the Foreign Office during my University years. There, I became a resident expert in Britain's defence links with South East Asia.

I studied at Oxford and obtained a degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics. My thesis focused on international economics and politics.

Then studied post-grad broadcast journalism and kicked off my TV career.

I joined the BBC from Reuters Television, where I anchored live world business programmes. I was also posted to New York, reporting US Markets from the Nasdaq market site and floor of the NYSE. That led to a long stint covering European markets from the London Stock Exchange.

Aspirations? To write a book looking at the influence of broadcast media on global market psychology.

My offbeat activities? Cello playing, Odissi Dancing (Classical Indian dance from Orissa State), accompanying my hubbie on international adventure vacations - climbing, trekking and rafting for example are some of our favourites.

Best experience ever? Trekking the Great Wall of China at Simitai - one of its more dangerous charms.

Tanya Beckett, New York

Tanya Beckett was previously the business presenter on BBC One's Breakfast and World Business Report presenter for The World Today launched in September 2001 on BBC One, News 24 and BBC World. Since joining the BBC in June 1998, she has also presented and reported for BBC Two's Working Lunch, BBC News 24 and BBC World.

Before joining the BBC Tanya worked for various broadcasters including NBC Europe and CNBC Europe, where she presented The Moneywheel and FT Business Tonight focussing on business and political news; Sky News as presenter of its live 30 minute nightly business news programme; CNN International, reporting from the London International Financial Futures Exchange; and for News Direct Radio.

During her television career Tanya also presented a 30 minute chat show for NBC Europe with guests from the worlds of politics, showbusiness and the arts, including Chaim Herzog, Salman Rushdie, Ian Smith and Eddie Izzard.

Tanya graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a degree in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials. After leaving university she worked for Courtaulds in Coventry, researching the properties of carbon and glass fibres. In 1989 she moved to become an investment banker for Commerzbank in Frankfurt and Citibank in London.

Tanya was born in July 1966, speaks German and French and her hobbies include theatre acting and directing, tennis and long distance running. She has a blue in fencing from Cambridge.

Nils Blythe

Nils Blythe joined 'Business Today' from BBC2's 'The Money Programme', where he reported on many major stories about business and economics from around the world. Recent films included 'The Great Dot.Con' - an investigation into the role of the world's leading investment banks in the dot-com share boom, 'The Toxic Texan' - on George Bush's relationship with the energy industry, and 'The Price of Life' - on the economic impact of the Aids epidemic in South Africa.

As a Correspondent for 'The Money Programme' he has interviewed many of the world's best known business leaders, including Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Sir Richard Branson, Sir John Browne, Sir Peter Bonfield and many others.

Prior to joining 'The Money Programme' he was the Business Correspondent for Radio 4's Today programme and presented programmes like The Financial World Tonight and Business Breakfast.

Nils Blythe was educated at Ipswich School and Christ's College Cambridge. Married with three children, he lives near London.


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