Mike Larkan is best known for his work on Network Ten's news, presenting the weather on location from various popular locations around Melbourne for 25 years.
Born in Sydney, he began his media career as a clerk in the sporting section of the Sydney Sun working for the then-editor Derryn Hinch. A few years later, he moved into radio, before joining Channel 7 Canberra, moving into news reporting and presenting.
During the 1980s, Mike spent two years backpacking around Europe and America. His versatility had him turning his hand at many jobs including picking olives in Greece, pouring beer in a London pub, milking cows in Israel and even working as an extra in a Hollywood movie.
In the 1990s Mike was lured to Melbourne to produce, write and present the Channel Ten weather segments on-location. Whatever the weather you'd find Mike out there in the thick of it doing his unique live crosses from Melbourne landmarks as well as events including the Melbourne Cup, AFL grand finals, the Australian Grand Prix and opening nights at the theatre.
For nearly 10 years, Mike has been a wedding celebrant and continues to marry happy couples weekly – his slogan: “Forecasting … a beautiful life together.” You’ll also find Mike auctioning houses most weekends, after a short stint in real estate. He continues to be a sought-after master of ceremonies.
Mike has been involved in the Australia Day program for more than 20 years. He is also an ambassador with the Variety Club and the Lost Dogs' Home.
Mike lives bayside with his wife Kathy and their two teenage children.
Reviewed 13 December 2021