Terry Willesee

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Terry Willesee
Terry Willesee interviewing the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.jpg
Terry Willesee interviewing the former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce.
Born (1945-04-27) 27 April 1945 (age 73)
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television presenter
Radio announcer
Notable credit(s) Terry Willesee's Perth Presenter
Terry Willesee Tonight Presenter
A Current Affair (US) Reporter
Nine Perth Newsreader
Spouse(s) Melissa
Children Grant, Nicole,Jason Andrew, Sarah, Jesse, and Janet (deceased)
Relatives Don Willesee
Mike Willesee
Michael Willesee Jr.
Family Michael "Mike" Willesee (brother)

Terence J. "Terry" Willesee (born 27 April 1945 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian journalist and television presenter.

Personal life[edit]

Willesee is the son of the Don Willesee, a long-time member of the Australian Senate and Whitlam Government minister. He is the brother of Mike Willesee, also a journalist and television presenter.[1]


Willesee began his media career in Perth in 1969. He initially worked as a television news reporter before branching out into newsreading and producing documentaries. He produced and presented 14 prime time documentaries for STW TV station in Perth.[2]

In 1981 Willesee was signed by the Seven Network to present a successful national current affairs program named Terry Willesee Tonight, based in Sydney.[2] Terry was then signed by the 9 network.[3] Terry's role on the 7 current affairs show went to Derryn Hinch.

Terry Willesee hosted, Live at 5, on the 9 network with Jo Pearson.He was also utilised by the network to host a variety of programmes including the "Today" show. Today Show and A Current Affair.[4]

Willesee in 1992 moved to the United States where he anchored the nationally syndicated program, A Current Affair Extra. He also travelled the country as a reporter for A Current Affair (not related to Nine Network's programme of the same name). He was later promoted to anchor the Fox network's national programme, A Current Affair Extra. He was probably the first Australian to host his own current affairs show on US television.[2][5]

After three years in the United States he moved back to Australia, reading news for Nine Network affiliate STW in Perth. While in Perth he occasionally hosted a talkback radio show for 6PR.[2]

In 2001, Willesee presented a talkback radio show for Sydney radio station 2GB.[2]

In 2002, Terry returned to national television where he anchored Willesee Across Australia on Sky News Australia. He later presented First Edition in 2002 until June 2013 when he retired.[2]

Willesee has also worked as a media trainer.[6]

He is the father of, Grant, Nicole,Jason, Andrew, Sarah,Jesse Willesee and the late Janet.



  1. ^ "ALP figures gather for Willesee funeral". ABC Western Australia. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 September 2003. Archived from the original on 19 September 2003. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Presenters - Terry Willesee". Sky News Australia. Archived from the original on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  3. ^ No farewells for Willesee as Seven wields axe, The Sunday Telegraph, 3 April 1988, Page 15
  4. ^ Lewes, Jacqueline Lee (23 October 1989). "Antennae". Google News Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Smith Brady, Lois (6 June 1993). "VOWS; Katherine Kamhi, Tony Coghlan". New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  6. ^ presented by Annette Shun Wah (13 August 2001). "Episode Two". Media Dimensions. yes. ABC TV. 
  7. ^ "THE 20TH ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS (1978)". TV Week. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "THE 21ST ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS (1979)". TV Week. Archived from the original on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "THE 22ND ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS (1980)". TV Week. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "THE 23RD ANNUAL TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS (1981)". TV Week. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 

External links[edit]

Terry Willesee on IMDb