Max Foster

Max Foster
Max Foster
Born 30 October 1972 (1972-10-30) (age 39)
Education Cardiff University
Highbury College
Occupation CNN news anchor/journalist
Notable credit(s) Connect the World
Quest Means Business
Edit Room
CNN Today
BBC Breakfast
BBC World Service

Max Foster (born 30 October 1972) is a senior Anchor/Correspondent on CNN International, based in London.



Foster spent most of his childhood in Wiltshire, England where he attended Ridgeway School, Swindon and Dauntsey's School, Devizes. Foster read Business Administration at Cardiff University and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Highbury College, Portsmouth.


Foster started his career at the age of 16 on Hospital Radio Swindon with his own weekly entertainment programme. At University, he approached the local BBC office and was offered a reporter position on Rave, a national entertainment show on BBC Radio Five[disambiguation needed ]. After spotting Anthony Hopkins at a local restaurant and requesting an interview, Foster secured a widely quoted exclusive. He later gained a place at graduate journalism school, which included a work placement at BBC Wiltshire Sound in Swindon. Foster was offered a reporter contract and he stayed there for two years.

In 1997, Foster transferred to the BBC World Service as a Business presenter-reporter and quickly became a mainstay on the flagship Newshour programme. Foster made his name covering the Asian Financial Crisis and, at the age of 24, began hosting World Business Report and became the youngest regular presenter of a BBC network radio news programme.

In 2000, Foster went on attachment to BBC TV Business Programmes and accepted a permanent position there. He reported for Business Breakfast, BBC World and Working Lunch before taking up a full-time role on BBC Breakfast. Foster presented special coverage around the launch of the Euro and travelled widely around the UK as a live reporter. He had an exclusive on internet banking security which forced Abbey National (now Santander) to temporarily close down its online service, Cahoot. He also presented the business news and hosted Breakfast Briefing alongside Moira Stuart.


In 2005 Foster was approached by CNN International to become their London-based Anchor/Correspondent. He hosted special coverage around the failing health of Pope John Paul II and, soon after, was appointed permanent co-anchor of CNN Today. In early 2008 he also took on CNN World News.

On CNN Today, Foster led special coverage of several major stories including the outbreak of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, the failed London Bombings, the Saddam Hussein trial, the death of King Fahd and the Blair-Brown handover of UK power. Foster broke news that the levees around New Orleans had collapsed, an event that would escalate into tragedy. CNN won a Peabody Award for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Foster was heavily involved in CNN's coverage of the Financial Crisis and in November 2008, he anchored Mumbai Attacks, a live six hour simulcast on CNN and CNN International. Foster followed the early development of the street art movement by reporting on Banksy and Adam Neate. His candid, early, interview with Stephenie Meyer has been widely quoted in books and magazines.

In April 2009, Foster was promoted to primetime on CNN International where he now anchors Connect the World, Quest Means Business and various feature shows. Foster acts as special correspondent on major British events. For the 2010 UK elections, Foster interviewed David Cameron and Nick Clegg and commentated from Downing Street as Gordon Brown resigned and David Cameron took up the premiership. In November of the same year he led coverage around the announcement of Prince William's engagement to Catherine Middleton from Buckingham Palace.

In his primetime role, Foster has interviewed the Prime Ministers of Britain, Iraq, Sweden and Haiti; The presidents of the European Commission, Georgia and the Maldives; the CEOs of BP, General Motors, Apple, SAP, Ford, Airbus, Twitter, and Shell. He has sat down with celebrities including Matt Damon, Ricky Gervais, Dame Julie Andrews, Shakira, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, Olivia Newton-John, Bryan Adams, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Mraz, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Diddy, George Lucas, Oliver Stone, John Legend and Sir Michael Caine.

Foster devised a show called Edit Room for CNN which went to air in June 2010. In it, he discusses news coverage with two notable guests; revealing their personal frustrations and revelations. Guests have included Emma Thompson, P. J. O'Rourke, Fatima Bhutto, Sienna Miller, John Prescott and representatives of various NGOs.

Personal life

Foster lives in Berkshire with his wife and two young children. He is half Swedish.

External links

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