After travelling the world representing Australia in international cricket, Sydney Weekender was the perfect starting destination for Mike Whitney’s television career.
A qualified aviation engineer, Mike first began his career as an apprentice with QANTAS. It wasn’t until his lethal fast bowling skills began capturing the attention of selectors when Mike changed career paths and took his cricket skills to an international level.
In 1994 Mike had his final bowl after 14 years successful years. Not long after, he began with Sydney Weekender and hasn’t looked back.
Entering his 26th year hosting the popular travel show, Mike has travelled across the far breadths of NSW every week; yet he is still startled at where he continues to travel. “You would think after 25 years of travelling I would have seen everything, but I am still amazed each week at how many new places we are still discovering,” he says.
Mike’s stellar television career also includes hosting reality programs including Who Dares Wins and Last Chance Learners, while palming off sledges from contestants during his time refereeing on Gladiators. To this day Mike is still asked by Who Dares Wins fans if he can “dare them.” Mike was also part of Channel Seven’s Sydney 2000 Olympic Games commentary team.
A passionate footy fan, Mike is a life member for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and played an active role in the club’s battle for reinstatement to the NRL competition.