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David Frost vs. Richard Nixon Voted Best-Ever Broadcast Interview

September 26, 2011

Would it surprise my readers to know I own a full video copy of these interviews?  The interviews are illuminating and it is interesting how animated RN becomes in the discussions over foreign policy along  with the choices of characteristics he picks up on to describe foreign leaders he had met and worked with over the years. 

For anyone interested in more of the back story on the interviews might I suggest the book “Exile” by Robert Sam Anson that provides insight into this media event.  It was not an easy time for David Frost, and an even more emotional time for RN.

David Frost’s 1977 encounter with former US President Richard Nixon has been voted the greatest broadcast interview of all time by Radio Times readers.

In the poll, conducted to mark the BBC College of Journalism’s Art of the Interview season, Frost v Nixon garnered 19% of the total vote. This put it well ahead of the surprise second-place interview: Kirsty Young’s conversation with the singer Morrissey, on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2009, which was picked out by 12% of respondents.

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