He then was invited to Melbourne by Nine to compere an edition of the legendary In Melbourne Tonight, after which he established The Today Show for Nine, and hosted the program for 12 months. Mike then went to Seven Melbourne, where he compered a once a week ‘tonight show’ called The Mike Walsh Show over 3 years. When this finished he worked in England as a freelance broadcaster for the BBC, BBC overseas, and ABC radio, as well as acting, and some lucrative TV commercials! He was then headhunted to return to Australia by Columbia Pictures Screen Gems to host what became the long running daytime program, The Mike Walsh Show.
In 1980, The Mike Walsh Show was awarded the prestigious Television Society’s award for Best Light Entertainment Series, and Mike received their award for Best Current Affairs Interviewer. In the same year he received an O.B.E. for his services to the performing arts and his television show was again singled out for recognition, this time by the United Nations, when it was awarded the ‘Media Peace Prize’ for a special series of programs which looked at the problems immigrants faced as settlers in Australia.
In August, 1987, Mike returned to television to host a twelve week season of one hour talk shows, produced by Hayden Productions in association with ABC Television. In 1989 he did a limited season with Network 10 Australia hosting Superquiz.
In July 1998, Mike made a one-off return to television for the 7 Network, to produce and host The Mike Walsh Show Years, a hugely successful retrospective of the show’s unprecedented domination of its market.
In April 1999, Mike’s contribution to Australian television was recognised with his induction into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame.