TV legend David Frost dies
Veteran British broadcaster David Frost, famous around the world for his TV interviews with former President Richard Nixon, dies at 74.PT1M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2szai 620 349 September 2, 2013
Veteran British broadcaster Sir David Frost has died from a heart attack aged 74, his family says.
Australian connection: David Frost talks with then Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, at the ATN 7 Studios in Epping, Sydney, in 1973. Photo: George Lipman
Sir David died on Saturday night on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech.
Known for incisive interviews with the leading figures of his time, and perhaps most famously disgraced US president Richard Nixon, Sir David spent more than 50 years as a television star.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to send his condolences and tweeted: ‘‘My heart goes out to David Frost’s family. He could be - and certainly was with me - both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.’’
Most famous interview: British talk show host David Frost and the former US president Richard Nixon in March 1977. Photo: AP
In a statement to BBC News, Sir David’s family 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.’’
Sir David's career spanned journalism, comedy writing and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report. His Sunday morning interview program Breakfast with Frost ran on the BBC from January 1993 until May 2005.
In recent years he worked for al-Jazeera English and had recently interviewed British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
He made regular appearances on Australian TV in the 1970s, doing current affair shows for both the Seven and Nine networks.
He has also grilled many former Australian leaders including Gough Whitlam, Billy McMahon, Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke and John Howard.
Sir David said that in 1972 Australia was a place where "Billy McMahon is prime minister, her majesty is queen and Dennis Lillee is king".