Veteran television journalist, presenter and producer Mike Willesee is profiled in next Monday’s edition of Australian Story.
In the first of a two-part episode titled Behind The Mask, Australian Story looks back at the 50 year career of the first of a generation of Willesees to grace our screens as he faces his greatest challenge — a diagnosis of throat cancer
Willesee’s television career began at ABC as a reporter for This Day Tonight and then Four Corners.
In 1971 he made the move to commercial television to launch the original A Current Affair for the Nine Network.
He went on to work for all three commercial networks in the decades that followed, with credits including This Is Your Life and current affairs and interview shows all bearing his name plus numerous documentaries. He twice hosted the TV Week Logie Awards and was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame in 2002.
The second instalment looks at Willesee’s later broadening of his business interests, the near-death experience that led him back to the Catholic faith, his return to television and his recent battle with cancer.
Australian Story. Monday 6 November, 8.00pm. ABC
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Hi Mike === you are a bloody icon
I was on your show about 1977-79ish chanel 9 Melb
sorry about the cancer
would love catch up
cheers the Beers
I was on your show late 70s would love to catch up
sorry to here about the cancer
Cheers the Beers
Mike, you are a true icon of our Aussie screens and you are a fantastic presenter of documentaries and current affairs programs. The Quentin one especially moving.
Sorry about this recent battle but you are a fighter and you have a wonderful support network in the family and your television audience all over the country – our prayers are with you.