Open Mike to end as Mike Sheahan retires from TV

"I cherish my time at FOX Footy.... and now get to leave on my own terms," says Open Mike host.

Veteran AFL presenter Mike Sheahan is retiring from television, bringing an end to FOX Footy’s  Open Mike after 11 years.

Sheahan has spent two decades on television including Talking Footy (Seven), On the Couch and Open Mike (both FOX Footy) and 40-years in print media including as chief football writer for the Herald Sun.

“I cherish my time at FOX Footy. I have worked on every program on the network at some point, culminating with 11-years on Open Mike, and now get to leave on my own terms. I have spent 50-years at the top level in the game I have loved from birth… without taking a mark or kicking a goal! I’ve been blessed,” said Sheahan.

“Legend has it that Rupert Murdoch wants his best footy writers to write footy until they drop then drag themselves up and write one more yarn, such is the importance of big-time sport in media. In my 40-year career there’s been no better nor more important footy writer across Australia than Mike Sheahan. And I doubt there ever will be,” said Steve Crawley, Executive Director of FOX Sports.

His 234th and final Open Mike episode next week sees AFL 360 hosts Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson taking charge. Foxtel notes he will forever be a part of FOX Footy family.

8.30pm Tuesday on FOX Footy

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