Pioneering British broadcaster David Frost dies of a heart attack
By Annabel RobertsNBC News – British journalist David Frost, who was best known for his interview with former President Richard Nixon, died on Saturday, his family said. The veteran broadcaster was 74.
It was his 1977 interviews of the former president that cemented Frost’s reputation around the globe. The young British broadcaster’s persistent questioning drew an apology from President Nixon for Watergate.
“I let the American people down and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life,” he said, watched by an audience of 45 million people.
Thirty-five years later the encounter is still a master class of interviewing technique and a gripping piece of drama.
The President had resigned from the White House three years earlier following the Watergate scandal. David Frost later said that he could sense Nixon’s vulnerability and knew he had to get it right. In 2007 the exchange was worked into a movie – the Oscar-nominated “Frost/Nixon.” Read more