June 29, 1942
Michael Willesee (born June 29, 1942) is an Australian television presenter. Events 512 - A Solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland. Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Events 512 - A Solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland. Year 1942 ( MCMXLII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics.
The son of ALP politician Donald Willesee, who was a Senator and Foreign Minister in Australia's Whitlam government (1972-1975), Willesee came to prominence in 1967 as a reporter for the ABC's new nightly current affairs program This Day Tonight, where his aggressive style quickly earned him a reputation as a fearless political interviewer. Donald Robert "Don" Willesee ( 14 April 1916 - 9 September 2003) was an Australian politician was a member of the Australian Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916 known as Gough Whitlam (ˈɡɒf goff is an Australian former politician and 21st This Day Tonight (commonly abbreviated as " TDT " was an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC current affairs program of the late
In April 1967 Willesee figured prominently in the controversy that erupted over the Holt government's decision not to reappoint ABC Chairman Dr (later Sir) James Darling, which was rumoured to have been the result of the government's anger over critical coverage of its policies on the ABC. Harold Edward Holt, CH (5 August 1908 17 December 1967 was an Australian politician who became the 17th Prime Minister of Australia in 1966 Sir James Ralph Darling OBE ( 18 June, 1899 - 1 November, 1995) was the Headmaster of Geelong Grammar School, (1930-1961 Willesee's own critical comments about the decision on TDT on 2 April further angered PM Harold Holt, who questioned the ABC's impartiality and implied that Willesee (whose father was an ALP Senator) was politically biased, but this backfired, provoking strong protests from both Willesse and the Australian Journalists Association. After TDT, Willesee hosted the ABC's flagship current affairs program Four Corners from 1969 to 1971. Four Corners is Australia 's longest-running Investigative journalism / current affairs Television program
He then moved to the Nine Network, where he hosted A Current Affair, another popular Australian current affairs program. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney A Current Affair (or " ACA " is a nightly tabloid current affairs programme broadcast on the Nine Network every week night hosted He was known for a long-running friendship with a disabled boy named Quentin Kenihan, who has osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteogenesis imperfecta ( OI and sometimes known as Brittle Bone Disease) is a genetic bone disorder He was also known for sparring with the Orange People, who recruited in Australia during the 1980s. "Rajneesh" Chandra Mohan Jain (रजनीश चन्द्र मोहन जैन (December 11 1931 – January 19 1990 also known as Acharya Rajneesh
One of the most significant interviews conducted by Willesee was the famous Birthday Cake Interview in 1993, with then leader of the Australian Liberal Party, John Hewson. The " Birthday Cake Interview " refers to a famous political interview in Australia that was carried out between interviewer Mike Willesee and Liberal The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. For the English soldier and regicide see John Hewson (regicide. With the 1993 Federal Election to take place in only ten days, Willesee asked Hewson numerous questions in regard to the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) that the Coalition wished to introduce. The GST (Goods and Services Tax is a Value added tax of 10% on most goods and services transactions in Australia. The Coalition in Australian politics refers to a pragmatic grouping of Centre-right parties that has existed in the form of a coalition agreement since 1922 Hewson struggled to answer the simple question of whether a birthday cake would cost more or less under his government as a result of the GST. The birthday cake has been an integral part of the Birthday celebrations in Western cultures since the middle of the 19th century. Willesee's unrelenting questioning along with Hewson's indecisive answers and his frequent stuttering made it appear that Hewson had little understanding of one of his own major policies.  Hewson would go on to lose the election against Paul Keating and the Coalition would remain out of government for a further three years. Paul John Keating (born 18 January 1944 was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia, from 1991 to 1996 Many political analysts believed that the interview cost Hewson's chance of winning what his supporters dubbed the 'unloseable election'. However, others counter that opinion polls held up until election day still predicted a Coalition victory.
In 2002, Mike Willesee became the 19th inductee into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame. The TV Week Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards which have been presented annually since 1959
In 1993, Willesee received public outrage for his controversial action of interviewing, via phone, two young girls who were being held in a hostage situation. Many held the opinion that his actions were reckless and endangered the girls' lives. This event was subsequently parodied by ABC TV's Frontline where main character Mike Moore interviewed a gunman and his hostage daughter. ABC Television is a service of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation launched in 1956 Frontline is an Australian Comedy television series which satirised Australian television current affairs programmes and reporting Michael Kenneth Moore ONZ (known as Mike Moore, born 28 January 1949) is a Politician from New Zealand who has served both In the final scene of this episode, Mike interviews, live on air, another gunman in another siege who, much to Mike's horror, subsequently shoots each of his hostages, the sounds of which are played live across Australia.
In his fifties Willesee rediscovered the Roman Catholic faith of his upbringing.  He has reported on religious topics and in 1998 he made a famous report entitled Signs From God on the appearance of stigmata displayed by a woman, Katya Revas, in Bolivia. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Stigmata are bodily marks sores or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the Crucifixion wounds of Jesus. The Republic of Bolivia (República de Bolivia) named after Simón Bolívar, is a Landlocked country in central South America. This documentary was watched by an audience of 28 million in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the  On 21 August 2006 Willesee appeared on Andrew Denton's TV show Enough Rope and spoke about his dedication to discovering what science can ascertain about the Shroud of Turin; specifically, whether it contains the blood of Jesus Christ. Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Andrew Christopher Denton (born 4 May 1960 is an Australian Comedian and Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (often shortened to Enough Rope) is a television Talk show broadcast on ABC1 in Australia The Shroud of Turin (or Turin Shroud) is a Linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have been physically traumatized in a manner consistent Jesus of Nazareth (7–2 BC / BCE —26–36 AD / CE)
In 1999, Willesee won the Bent Spoon Award from the Australian Skeptics for the television show Signs from God. The Bent Spoon Award is an award given by Australian Skeptics, "presented to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of Paranormal or Pseudoscientific The Australian Skeptics is a non-profit organisation based in Australia which investigates Paranormal and Pseudoscientific claims using scientific The rationale for Willesse receiving the award was that the show was "seeking to capitalise on the irrational millennial fears of many people".