Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

David Frost; Veteran British Broadcaster Won Fame for 1977 Nixon Interview; OBITUARY

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

David Frost; Veteran British Broadcaster Won Fame for 1977 Nixon Interview; OBITUARY

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LONDON * David Frost may be best remembered for his post- Watergate interviews with former President Richard Nixon, but the veteran British broadcaster was equally at ease as a satirist, game show host and serious political journalist.

In a television career that spanned half a century across both sides of the Atlantic, Mr. Frost interviewed a long list of the world's most powerful and famous, including virtually every British prime minister and U.S. president of his time. He also was a gifted entertainer, a born TV host, and his amiable and charming personality was often described as the key to his success as interviewer.

"Being interviewed by him was always a pleasure, but also you knew that there would be multiple stories the next day arising from it," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

Blair's former communications chief, Alastair Campbell, added on Twitter that Mr. Frost was "one of best interviewers because his sheer niceness could lull you into saying things you didn't intend."

Mr. Frost, 74, died of a heart attack Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, his family said.

Prime Minister David Cameron praised Mr. Frost for being an "extraordinary man with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure," while BBC executives lauded him as "a titan of broadcasting."

Mr. Frost began his career almost fresh out of college as the host of an early 1960s BBC satirical news show "That Was The Week That Was," then a pioneering program that ruthlessly lampooned politicians. The show gained a wide following, and Mr. Frost's signature greeting, "Hello, good evening and welcome" was often mimicked.

Mr. Frost was popular in Britain and just beginning to launch a career on U.S. television when he became internationally known in 1977 with a series of television interviews with Nixon.

They were groundbreaking for Mr. Frost and the ex-president, who was trying to salvage his reputation after resigning from the White House in disgrace following the Watergate scandal three years earlier. …

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