Australian TV star Mike Higgins facing homelessness

Oct 25, 2021
Mike Higgins reads news on Seven. Source: Seven News Youtube

After battling cancer for seven years popular Channel Seven news presenter, Mike Higgins has been dealt yet another blow revealing he is now facing homelessness following an 18-month “building nightmare” on his home.

The former news presenter, 76, who was the face of Channel 7’s nightly news from 1969 until 1988 told The Courier-Mail the fight to have his home finished drained his savings and has been more stressful than his cancer battle.

“It’s been tremendously stressful, more stressful than all the years of my cancer and bone marrow treatment,” he said.

“I’ve overcome cancer and I’ll overcome this latest setback.

“Over the last year and a half, I was feeling pretty much alone until my friends stepped in to help and I am truly grateful.”

Higgins has been advised he has no legal remedy to have the work on his house completed.

Mike Higgins home building challenge.
Former newsreader Mike Higgins reveals he is facing homelessness. Source: GoFundMe.

Friend Jenny Warner set up a Go Fund Me page on behalf of Higgins in an attempt to help end his ‘traumatic one–and–a half year building nightmare”.

“His house, which should have been finished a year ago, is still an incomplete, uncertified, mouldy house frame,” she said.

“I’ve watched this whole drawn out saga take its toll on Mike’s fragile health. As his friend, I’m turning my indignation and anger about this situation into action.

“Mike was so trusting for so long. Unfortunately, he’s lost almost everything. To me, it seems absolutely disgraceful.”

Higgins was diagnosed with cutaneous lymphoma, a rare form of cancer in 2008 and underwent four years of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. He returned to the Channel 7 news desk in 2019 to celebrate 60 years of television.

 

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Higgins is known for his signature sign off, “Goodnight and God bless” with his nightly newscasts a hit with viewers for almost two decades.

“Some newsreaders were disdainful of their audience,” he said.

“But I talked to people as a friend every night and I always kept that in mind.”

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