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David Frost,British Broadcaster and Writer Died at 74

Sep 2, 2013 15:14 IST

David FrostBritish broadcaster and writer David Frost died on 31 August 2013 aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth where he was scheduled to give speech. He was 74 years old. He interviewed historic figures like Henry Kissinger, John Lennon and Richard M Nixon.

Globally, he will be remembered for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon. He conducted a series of interviews with Nixon, who had resigned the presidency two years earlier, in which the former president almost apologised to the public for his role in the Watergate scandal.

David Paradine Frost was born on 7 April 1939, in Tenterden, England, to Mona and WJ Paradine Frost. His father was a Methodist minister. His career spanned journalism, comedy writing and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report.

During his academic years, Frost edited both a student newspaper and a literary publication at Cambridge University, where he excelled in satire. In 1962, Frost became the host of That Was the Week That Was for BBC. In the 1990s, David Frost presented Through the Keyhole, which he also produced, alongside Loyd Grossman. In 1993, he started presenting Breakfast with Frost - which had begun life on ITV - a Sunday show on BBC in which he interviewed noteworthy figures. He joined broadcaster Al-Jazeera in 2006 when it launched its English-speaking service.

David Frost was credited with changing the whole style of political interviewing and the whole approach towards it. Frost was awarded a knighthood in 1993 by the British government. He had recently moved to a home close to Oxford. He also had a home in London.

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