Friday 2 December 1977 — MELBOURNE

Kerry Packer’s rebel cricket code World Series Cricket makes its TV debut on his Nine Network with Match One, featuring Australia versus West Indies, from VFL Park in Melbourne.

Local coverage to Melbourne is limited to only two hours in the afternoon, while the full day’s play from 11am to 6pm was to be broadcast in Sydney and other capital cities.

Packer had created World Series Cricket in response to losing out to ABC’s inferior bid to gain exclusive television rights to test cricket. The new competition pioneered night-time cricket, giving the game a prime-time profile, and generated other innovations in the production of cricket coverage. The creation of World Series Cricket was dramatised in the mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, which aired on Nine in 2012.

Meanwhile, traditional Test cricket, now without many of the major stars that had defected to the Packer camp, commences for the season with the first test from Brisbane, featuring Australia versus India, broadcast on ABC.

Source: TV Times, 26 November 1977

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6AM 6am Gene Autry (B&W)
7AM 7am The Super Flying Fun Show. Marilyn Mayo 7am The Early Bird Show
8AM 8am Sesame Street
9AM 9am Close
9.30 Play School
9.55 Close
9am Romper Room. Miss Patricia 9am Here’s Humphrey 9am Rainbow
9.30 Fat Cat And Friends
10AM 10am For Schools: Behind The News
10.20 Close
10am Hazel
10.30 Crossroads
10am Dinah! 10am Swami Sarasvati
10.15 King’s Kitchen
10.30 Shoulder To Shoulder
11AM 11.58 Cricket: First Test. Australia v India. Live from Brisbane   11am My Good Woman
11.30 Willesee At Seven (Rpt)
11am Another World
11.55 News
11.30 Rooms
12PM 12pm The Julie Andrews Hour
12.45 Tennis: The Davis Cup. Australia v Italy. Live from White City, Sydney
12pm The Mike Walsh Show 12pm As The World Turns
1PM 1.30 Days Of Our Lives 1pm Ryan’s Hope
2PM 2pm ABC News
2.10 Horizon 5. Neil Inall
2.29 Weather
2.38 Cricket (cont’d)
2.30 The Young And The Restless
2.55 News
2pm Keep Pace With Harriet
3PM 3pm General Hospital
3.30 Search For Tomorrow
3pm The Mothers-In-Law
3.30 Julia
4PM 4pm Cricket: World Series Cricket. WSC Australia v WSC West Indies. Live from VFL Park, Melbourne  4pm The Cisco Kid
4.30 Green Acres
5PM 5.30 Flashez. Ray Burgess, Mike Meade 5pm Family Affair
5.30 Temperatures Rising
6PM 6.05 Cricket (cont’d) 6pm Doc
6.30 Seven National News. Brian Naylor
6pm The Young Doctors
6.30 National Nine News. Eric Pearce, Peter Hitchener
6pm News At Six. Bruce Mansfield
6.30 $30,000 Treasure Hunt. Chard Hayward, Marie van Maaren
7PM  7pm ABC News. Geoff Raymond
7.26 Weather
7.30 This Day Tonight. Peter Couchman
7pm Willesee At Seven. Mike Willesee
7.30 Young Ramsay
7pm A Current Affair. Mike Schildberger
7.30 Donny And Marie
7pm Blankety Blanks. Graham Kennedy
7.30 The Waltons
8PM  8pm Oh No — It’s Selwyn Froggitt!
8.30 The Liver Birds
8.30 Movie: The Tall Men. 1955 [IMDB] 8.30 The Mary Tyler Moore Show 8.30 Movie: Sunrise At Campobello. 1960 [IMDB]
9PM  9pm Cakes And Son
9.50 ABC News, Weather
9pm The Bob Newhart Show
9.30 National Nine News
10PM  10pm Sow What?
10.15 Soccer: The Big Match
10.55 Nightmoves. Lee Simon 10pm Rhoda
10.30 Star Trek
11PM  11.10 Close 11.30 Napoleon And Love 11.15 Bearcats
12AM  12.55am Close 12.30am Movie: Cabin In The Cotton. 1932 (B&W) [IMDB] 12.15am Movie: The Glass Sphinx. 1968 [IMDB]
1AM  1.50 Movie: Bureau Of Missing Persons. 1933 (B&W) [IMDB]
2AM  2.30 Close
3AM  3am Movie: Dead Ringer. 1964 [IMDB]
5AM  5am Seaway (B&W)
(Continues to 6am)