Sir David Frost, the only person to have interviewed the last seven Presidents of the US and the last six British Prime Ministers as well as other luminaries like Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir and Nelson Mandela, to name a few, has joined the line-up of key on-air talent at the new 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, Al Jazeera International.
Terming his new assignment as a great adventure, Sir David said that Al Jazeera was “the first and perhaps the only brand new international TV news network for the 21st Century. Most of the television I have done over the years has been aimed at British and American audiences. This time, while our target is still Britain and America, the excitement is that it is also the six billion other inhabitants of the globe. As someone said, a new show for a new channel for the new century.”
Al Jazeera International, Managing Director, Nigel Parsons said, “We are thrilled to have Sir David Frost. He is a one-man international broadcasting phenomenon and our viewers can look forward to the substance and quality that have marked his distinguished career.”
Sir David will, however, also continue with his BBC work, the upcoming ‘Frost Interview’ specials as well as ‘Through the Keyhole’. He has been awarded all the major television awards – the Emmy Award (for ‘The David Frost Show’ - twice); the Royal Television Society Silver Medal and the Richard Dimbleby Award in the UK and, internationally, the Golden Rose of Montreux.
Earlier this year, he was awarded BAFTA’s highest honour, the BAFTA Fellowship. He was knighted by the Queen of England in January 1993.
Al Jazeera International, headquartered in Qatar, will launch in the Spring of 2006. With broadcasting centres strategically placed across the world in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London, and Washington, and dozens of news bureaux worldwide, the channel will bring English speakers across the world a fresh perspective on world news and current affairs.
Al Jazeera International is building on the ground-breaking heritage of its sister Arab language channel – Al Jazeera, which was responsible for changing the face of news within the Middle East, extending that fresh perspective from regional to global.