Saturday 3 January 1976 — MELBOURNE

The ABC Sportsman Of The Year Awards were started in 1951 and first televised in 1957. Despite the gender-specific title, both males and females were eligible. The awards were eventually re-named the ABC Sports Award Of The Year in 1984 and later merged with the Sport Australia Awards to become the Australian Sports Awards. They continued until 2006.

The 1975 ABC Sportsman Of The Year was hosted by Norman May, with the major award won by racehorse trainer Bart Cummings.

See also: Saturday 3 January 1976 — SYDNEY

Source: TV Times, 3 January 1976 (except programs marked * Source: The Age, 1 January 1976)

8AM * 8am The Adventures Of Rupert Bear
* 8.30 The Osmonds
8am Jungle Jim (B&W) 8am Cartoon Carnival
9AM * 9am Sound Unlimited. Donnie Sutherland 9am Gazula The Amicable Monster (B&W)
9.30 Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (B&W)
9.30 Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus. Ray Burgess
10AM 10.58am Cricket: Fourth Test. Australia v West Indies. Day One. Live from the Sydney Cricket Ground 10.30 Spiderman 10.30 Animal Kingdom (B&W)
11AM * 11am Cricket: Fourth Test. Australia v West Indies. Live from the Sydney Cricket Ground; Tennis: Australian Open. Live from Kooyong, Melbourne 11am Rawhide (B&W) 11am Movie: Ruggles Of Red Gap. 1935 (B&W) [IMDB]
12PM 12pm World Championship Wrestling 12.35pm Movie: Misunderstood. 1967 [IMDB]
1PM 1pm Sportsview. Clark Hansen
* 1.38 Cricket (cont’d)
1pm Wide World Of Sport
2PM 2pm Golf: American Professional Golf Tournament Of Champions 2.35 Movie: The Badge Of Marshal Brennan. 1957 (B&W) [IMDB]
3PM 3.30 Movie: Escapade In Japan. 1957 (B&W) [IMDB]
4PM 4pm What In The World. Sandy Palmer, Gary Carvolth
4.30 Junior Jury. Noel O’Connor
5PM 5pm Look, Listen, Laugh And Learn. Penny Spence
5.30 Shang-a-Lang
5pm Young World. Warwick Rankin
5.30 Me And The Chimp
6PM 6.05 You Asked For It
6.30 Occasional Wife
6.57 Weather
6pm Seven National News. Mal Walden, Peter Landy, Bill Collins
6.30 Special: The Prince And The Pauper
6pm News Centre Nine. Arthur Higgins, Bert Bryant
6.30 The Thrillseekers
6pm Eyewitness News. Brad Smart
6.30 The Waltons
7PM  7pm ABC News. Graham Evans
7.15 Today’s Sport
7.30 Special: 1975 ABC Sportsman Of The Year
7.30 Planet Of The Apes 7.30 Cannon 7.30 Emergency
8PM  8.30 Saturday Week. Clive Hale 8.30 The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour. Includes Tattslotto and live crosses to harness races at Melbourne Showgrounds 8.30 Police Story 8.30 Movie: In Harm’s Way. 1965 (B&W) [IMDB]
9PM  9.10 With Sir Robert Helpmann At The Ballet: Swan Lake 9.30 The Evil Touch
10PM  10pm Movie: Stalag 17. 1953 (B&W) [IMDB]
11PM  11pm Special: On Being Woman. Part One. Caroline Jones 11pm Soccer: Match Of The Day 11.30 Movie: It’s Alive. 1968 (B&W) [IMDB]
12AM  12.05am Close 12.15am Close 12.20am Movie: Chase A Crooked Shadow. 1958 (B&W) [IMDB]
1AM  1am Close
2AM  2.20 Epilogue
2.25 Close