Mike Bailey, former ABC and Seven Network weather presenter, has died in hospital, surrounded by family, after a recent illness.
He started as a cadet journalist at ABC in 1968 before leaving in 1972 for ATN7, Sydney, as news reporter and weather presenter. He returned to ABC as weather presenter in Sydney in 1985.
He left ABC in 2007 for an attempted move into politics, contesting Joe Hockey in the North Sydney electorate.
He also wrote for the The Sun-Herald newspaper and worked in radio, including 2GB, 2KY and Radio 2. He later returned to television to present the weekend weather reports for Nine News in Sydney.
He was a course co-ordinator and lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. He continued to act as facilitator, host and guest speaker for many functions for both corporate and charity groups. In 2020 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mike Bailey is survived by his wife, former Romper Room host Helena, and son Michael.
Some really sad news..former ABC weather presenter Mike Bailey has died in hospital after falling ill recently. He was superb at his craft and was a genuinely nice man. My sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/nK5oavuzBm
— Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) June 21, 2021