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Remembering Journalist Sir David Frost

March 14th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

Legendary journalist Sir David Frost passed away last year, aged 74.

He began his career in the 1960s as a satirical TV host, where he revelled in lampooning members of the political establishment. In 1977 Frost paid $600,000 out of his own pocket to secure a series of interviews with former U.S. president Richard Nixon. These interviews, and Nixon’s admissions in them, became a sensation and were later brought to the big screen in the Hollywood movie 'Frost/Nixon'.

During his long life in the media Frost interviewed eight British prime ministers and seven U.S. presidents.

This week his memorial was attended by royals, celebrities, and journalists from all over the world.

David Frost's son Wilfred created this video as a tribute to his late father. In it, he speaks to former British Prime Minister John Major, who shares his memories of Frost.

Major says that "as an interviewer he was a deadly interviewer, but he was always a fair interviewer. He didn't play cheap tricks. He didn't look for a cheap headline. His determination was to get out of the interviewee what they had to give."

Frost constantly asked "the questions that need to be asked". He "had a light touch, and a delicious sense of humour. And it was wry and self-deprecatory, and that's very charming, and it builds a bond."

And his personal life was as full and varied as his life on our TV screens. "I know absolutely no one who had such a wide range of people who would call themselves friends."

Text: When Frost landed Nixon

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