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Mike Willesee was born in Perth in 1942. He got his start as a journalist at Perth's Daily News before moving to the Melbourne Age in 1963. Mike joined Australia's first nightly prime-time current affairs show, This Day Tonight, before hosting the ABC's Four Corners. In between, he reported the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1971. Mike created and presented A Current Affair for the Nine network (1971-73), then hosted The Mike Willesee Show and Willesee at 7 for Channels 10 and 7. In the '80s, he drew record ratings for his documentaries Quentin and The Hunting Party, while pioneering FM radio with the 2Day FM licence. In 1988, Mike led a consortium to save the Sydney Swans, and then served as president until 1993. He then went on to make the documentary films The Last Warriors and Signs From God, the latter drawing 28 million viewers in the United States. In 2012, a decade after being inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame, Mike joined Channel 7's Sunday Night and reclaimed his place as Australia's pre-eminent interviewer. Mike Willesee, the voice of Australian television for decades, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2016. In 2017, he released his autobiography, Memoirs. He passed away in early 2019.

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