David Frost: tributes to TV's 'most illustrious inquisitor'
David Cameron and Stephen Fry hail 'extraordinary' man who brought 'enthusiasm to everything he did'
DAVID CAMERON has led tributes to broadcaster Sir David Frost, describing him as an extraordinary man who made a "huge impact on television and politics".
"The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments - but there were many other brilliant interviews, Cameron told the Daily Telegraph. "He could be - and certainly was with me - both a friend and a fearsome interviewer."
Frost, 74, died in his cabin on board the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth, just hours after leaving Southampton en route to Lisbon. He was on the ship to give a talk about his career to passengers and was travelling without his wife, 61-year-old Lady Carina.
Former PM Tony Blair said Frost was a "huge figure in broadcasting, a great professional and a good friend".
"He had an extraordinary ability to draw out the interviewee, knew exactly where the real story lay and how to get at it, and was also a thoroughly kind and good natured man," Blair told the London Evening Standard. "Being interviewed by him was always a pleasure but also you knew that there would be multiple stories the next day arising from it."
Frost, who famously extracted an apology from President Nixon over the Watergate scandal, interviewed a who’s-who of world leaders, celebrities and entertainers during his 40-year career. The Daily Mail called him "the most illustrious TV inquisitor of his generation" and said his professional activities - which included setting up two TV companies - were so diverse he was once described as a "one-man conglomerate"
Sir Michael Parkinson described Frost as a remarkable man, adding: "I was lucky to know him. He was extraordinary and inspired a generation - an incredibly talented man, adept at so many things, an all-rounder."
BBC producer Barney Jones, who edited the Breakfast with Frost programme for more than 10 years, said: "He brought an enthusiasm to everything he did which was quite extraordinary. David loved broadcasting, did it brilliantly for more than 50 years and was eagerly looking forward to a host of projects - including interviewing the Prime Minister next week - before his sudden and tragic death."
Frost’s enduring enthusiasm was also remarked on by his friend, Stephen Fry, who tweeted: "Oh heavens, David Frost dead? No!! I only spoke to him on Friday and he sounded so well. Excited about a house move, full of plans ... how sad."
Actor Michael Sheen, who played Frost in the acclaimed 2008 movie Frost/Nixon, said the veteran presenter "was as good an interviewee as he was an interviewer, he just radiated not only warmth as a person but enthusiasm for what he did."
Sir David is survived by Lady Carina and three sons, Miles, 29, Wilfred, 28, and George, 26. ·