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British journalist Brian Walden (Brian Walden), the author of the first interview with Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86. As reported by friends of the presenter to the Guardian, he died may 9 at his home on the island of Guernsey. In the media this information was made public in a few days.
The most famous Walden brought the work of leading political TV program Weekend World on ITV. However, initially he was a member of the British Parliament. Only in 1977, after more than 10 years of political career, Walden decided to become a journalist and work on TV.
In his obituary The Guardian said that Walden was “the most respected British television interviewer” in the 70-ies and 80-ies of XX century. One of the secrets of the success of his dialogues with politicians considered the past experience of work in Parliament — he knew how to ask questions. After Thatcher’s election as Prime Minister gave his first interview to him. Later, Walden had several interviews with a politician.
According to the journalist, the most pleasant person with whom he interviewed, was the 40th US President Ronald Reagan. “It wasn’t a contrived image. He really was just a very good natured guy. He knew not all, but he knew certain basics and shared the views of ordinary Americans,” — said Walden in 2005, in interview “bi-Bi-si”.
Journalist long considered a fan of Thatcher, but he did not agree with this formulation. The presenter emphasized the importance of former British Prime Minister for the country and the importance of change in its government.
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