Ghana’s Kwaku Sakyi-Addo has described American media giant, Larry King, as ‘the best interviewer ever.’ Sakyi-Addo was reacting to news of the death of Larry King.
In a tweet quoting the official death announcement, he wrote: Larry King, the best interviewer ever! Rest In Peace!!”
King, the A-list American broadcaster famed for interviewing celebrities and public figures, died at the age of 87.
He had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles with symptoms of coronavirus. A statement on King’s social media accounts confirmed the news on Saturday.
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At its height, his flagship CNN show, Larry King Live, which he hosted for 25 years, drew 1.5 million viewers a night.
Sakyi-Addo, a former BBC correspondent, is himself one of Ghana’s best interviewers. In a 2001 article, the BBC described him as ‘Africa’s Larry King,’ at a time his “Kwaku One-On-One” talk show was returning to the screens.
The BBC report said at the time: Presenter Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, a respected and well-known broadcaster and journalist, believes it (the show) was dumped because one of its guest’s answers annoyed the Rawlings regime.
It had a reputation for repression of the media, especially in its early days.
The show’s return indicates a growing media confidence under the new president, John Kufuor, elected at the end of last year.
— Kwaku A. Sakyi-Addo (@KWAKU101) January 23, 2021