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    Default David Frost, Who Interviewed Nixon, Is Dead at 74

    Source: NY Times

    Don't know where to post this. He died of a heart attack on The Queen Elizabeth where he was supposed to give a speech.

    David Frost, Who Interviewed Nixon, Is Dead at 74

    David Frost, the iconoclastic British broadcaster best known for interviewing former President Richard M. Nixon after he resigned from office in disgrace, died on Saturday night. He was 74.

    His death, which was announced in a statement by the Frost family to the BBC, was confirmed by a spokesman for Al Jazeera English, where Mr. Frost hosted an interview program. The statement said Mr. Frost died, possibly of a heart attack, while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was scheduled to give a speech.

    Mr. Frost had just moved to a home close to Oxford, according to Richard Brock, his executive producer at Al Jazeera English. He also had a home in London.

    Known for incisive interviews of leading public figures, Mr. Frost spent more than 50 years in television. Since 2006, he has conducted newsmaker interviews for Al Jazeera English, one of the BBC’s main competitors overseas.

    “His conversations with his guests elicited both news lines and a unique insight into their lives,” said Al Anstey, the managing director of Al Jazeera English.

    Among his guests on Al Jazeera were President George Bush, George Clooney and the tennis star Martina Navratilova. One of his first interviews for Al Jazeera made headlines when his guest Tony Blair agreed with Mr. Frost’s assessment that the Iraq war had, up until that point in 2006, “been pretty much of a disaster.” More recently, in 2011, Mr. Frost sat with Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary.

    A new season of Mr. Frost’s program, “The Frost Interview,” began in July with the astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The season was scheduled to continue through mid-September.

    David Paradine Frost was born April 7, 1939, in Tenterden, England, to Mona and W. J. Paradine Frost. His father was a Methodist minister. While a student, Mr. Frost edited both a student newspaper and a literary publication at Cambridge University, where he showed a great talent for satire — something the BBC soon capitalized on.

    In 1962, Mr. Frost became the host of “That Was the Week That Was,” a satirical look at the news on Saturday nights. While it lasted for only two seasons in Britain, “TW3,” as it was known, was reborn briefly as a program on NBC in the United States, and it is remembered as a forerunner to “The Daily Show” and the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” After “TW3,” Mr. Frost hosted a succession of programs in Britain, from game shows to intellectually rigorous talk shows.

    Mr. Frost was a relative unknown until his penetrating interviews of Mr. Nixon in 1977. In the interviews, which were later immortalized in a play and a film both named “Frost/Nixon,” Mr. Frost asked about Mr. Nixon’s abuses of presidential power, prompting this answer: “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

    “Upon hearing that sentence, I could scarcely believe my ears,” Mr. Frost wrote in a 2009 book about the interview, published on the occasion of the “Frost/Nixon” movie. Mr. Frost said his task then “was to keep him talking on this theme for as long as possible.”

    By then, Mr. Frost and Mr. Nixon had already spoken on camera several times. And they continued to speak: the interviews, for which Mr. Nixon was paid $600,000 and a share of the profit for the broadcasts, totaled nearly 29 hours, and were taped over four weeks for about two hours at a time.

    On the last day, Mr. Nixon apologized for putting “the American people through two years of needless agony.” Since then, whenever Mr. Frost was asked about the highlight of his career, he cited the Nixon interview.

    “The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments, but there were many other brilliant interviews,” Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said in a statement on Sunday morning.
    Source: BBC

    Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74

    Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship.

    A family statement said he had been giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night.

    Sir David's career spanned journalism, comedy writing and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report.

    Internationally, he will be remembered for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon.

    A statement said: "His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time. A family funeral will be held in the near future and details of a memorial service will be announced in due course."

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    The BBC's Barney Jones, who edited his Breakfast with Frost programme on the BBC for more than 10 years, said: "David loved broadcasting, did it brilliantly for more than 50 years and was eagerly looking forward to a host of projects - including interviewing the prime minister next week - before his sudden and tragic death. We will all miss him enormously."

    Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Sir David was an extraordinary man, with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure.
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    He so effortlessly roamed all across the piste... from comedy to current affairs to light entertainment for 50 years”

    Loyd Grossman

    "He made a huge impact on television and politics."
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    Born in Kent, Sir David studied at Cambridge University where he became secretary of the Footlights club, and met future comedy greats such as Peter Cook, Graham Chapman and John Bird.

    After university he went to work at ITV before he was asked to front the BBC programme That Was The Week That Was, which ran between 1962 and 1963.

    Casting a satirical eye over the week's news, the show boasted scriptwriters including John Cleese, John Betjeman and Dennis Potter.
    Sir David Frost and Loyd Grossman Sir David presented Through the Keyhole with Loyd Grossman

    The Frost Report brought together John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in a sketch show which would influence many comedy writers including the Monty Python crew.

    Sir David's often-mimicked catchphrase "hello, good evening and welcome" was by now in full use.

    One of The Frost Report's most enduring pieces was the "class sketch", featuring Cleese, Barker and Corbett.

    The Frost Programme for ITV followed, which saw Sir David move away from comedy into in-depth interviews with political figures, royalty and celebrities.

    It was on this programme that he had a terse interview with then prime minister Margaret Thatcher over the sinking of the Argentine cruiser Belgrano during the Falklands conflict.

    At the same time, Sir David began work on The David Frost Show in the US.
    Sir David Frost and Tony Blair Sir David interviewed eight prime ministers and seven US presidents

    He later conducted a series of interviews with Mr Nixon, who had resigned the presidency two years earlier, in which the former president came close to apologising to the public for his role in the Watergate scandal.

    Their exchanges were eventually made into the film Frost/Nixon - based on a play - which saw Michael Sheen portray Sir David Frost to Frank Langella's Nixon. Sir David himself appeared at the premiere of the film in 2008.

    Playwright Peter Morgan said: "He was a legendary broadcasting figure and a member of the British broadcasting landscape for two generations and in many ways his success was very un-English.

    "He was a pioneer. He combined being a satirist and someone who one satirised. It was an extraordinary, four-dimensional, vivid career...and he was a great lunch."
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    From satire to comedy to the big political interviews, for more than 50 years he brought us the history of the world we live in today, that's the mark of the man”

    Tony Hall, BBC director general

    In the 1990s, Sir David presented Through the Keyhole, which he also produced, alongside Loyd Grossman.

    The show saw Grossman take a tour round the home of a celebrity while a panel of guests tried to guess "who lives in a house like this".

    Paying tribute to his friend, Grossman said: "He so effortlessly roamed all across the piste... from comedy to current affairs to light entertainment for 50 years.

    "Yet in his presence you forgot you were dealing with the Leviathan of broadcasting and just thought here is a wonderful man, generous, enthusiastic and always excited. He was in love with television."

    In 1993, the year he was knighted, he began presenting Breakfast with Frost - which had begun life on ITV - a Sunday show on BBC in which he interviewed newsworthy figures.
    Sir David Frost and wife Carina Sir David and his wife, Lady Carina, had three sons

    BBC director general Tony Hall said: "From satire to comedy to the big political interviews, for more than 50 years he brought us the history of the world we live in today, that's the mark of the man."

    Sir David joined broadcaster Al-Jazeera in 2006 when it launched its English-speaking service.

    He married his second wife, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, in 1983 and they had three sons.

    He worked closely with a number of charities over the years, including Alzheimer's Research Trust, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and health charity Wellbeing of Women.

    The latter's chairman, Sir Victor Blank, said: "It's a sad day and David's tremendous contribution over the last half century to television will be honoured.

    "David was also a marvellous husband, father and friend, but not often recognised is the time, generosity and support he gave to so many charities, not least the 25 years he has spent helping Wellbeing of Women."

    And the BBC's Andrew Marr added: "David Frost changed British broadcasting not once but twice. He was a prime mover in the satire boom of the 1960s. A lot of that was down to him and his drive and shaping, influence and personality.

    "And then he changed the whole style of political interviewing, what could be said, how it was done, the whole approach. And I think today there are two types of political interviewer - those who've learnt from David Frost, and second rate interviewers."
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    It's sad he died, he was excellent at what he did.
    At least he didn't suffer a long illness.

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