Saturday 3 January 1981 — SYDNEY

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 1980 ABC Sportsman Of The Year was hosted by Norman May, with the major award won by motor racing driver Alan Jones.

See also: Saturday 3 January 1981 — MELBOURNE

Source: TV Week, 3 January 1981 (Except programs marked * Source: The Sun-Herald, 29 December 1980)

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6AM 6am King Leonardo And His Short Subjects
6.30 Rocky And His Friends
7AM 7am Michael Bentine’s Potty Time
7.20 Tom And Jerry
7.40 Merrie Melodies
7am The Ghost Busters
7.30 All-Star Laff-A-Lympics
8AM 8am The Kids From CAPER
8.30 Monster Squad
8am Nobody’s House
8.30 How
8am Waterline
8.30 Gardening’s Fun. Laurie McDonald
9AM 9am Sounds. Donnie Sutherland 9am Special: Me And Dad’s New Wife 9am Rickety Rocket
9.30 QT Hush
10AM 10am McDuff The Talking Dog
10.30 Big John Little John
10am John’s Workshop
10.30 Aquaman
11AM 11am Movie: Good Times. 1967 [IMDB] 11.30 The Magic Wok. Philip Paxton
12PM 12pm Tennis: World Challenge 12pm The Doris Day Show
12.30 Green Acres
1PM 1pm Sportsview
1.02 Soccer: Match Of The Day
1pm Tennis: Australian Men’s Open. Live from Kooyong, Melbourne 1pm Special: Battle Of The Network Stars 1pm Let’s Go Greek — Endaxi
2PM 2pm Equestrian: Strathalbyn 1980 — The President’s Cup 2pm Movie: The Man Behind The Gun. 1953 (B&W) [IMDB]
3PM 3pm Special: To Walk The Vertical
3.30 South Pacific International Track Series
3pm Grandstand
3.50 Cricket: First Test. Australia v India. Live from the Sydney Cricket Ground
3.40 Movie: For Those Who Think Young. 1964 (B&W) [IMDB]
4PM 4.15 Rugby Union: All Nations Cup 1980. Scotland v France, England v Wales (Rpt)
5PM 5.10 Pacing: The Benson And Hedges Pacing Cup
5.15 World Sports Roundup
5.25 Race And Sporting Roundup
5.35 Survival
5.30 Wild Kingdom 5.30pm Cartoons
6PM 6.05 The Magic Show
6.55 Weather
6pm Seven National News. Peter Ford
6.30 Young Ramsay
6pm National Nine News
6.30 Diff’rent Strokes
6pm Eyewitness News. Gordon Elliott, Graham McNeice
6.30 Special: Soundfactor
6pm The Orphan (France)
6.30 In The Wake Of Odysseus (Germany)
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.15 Sports Review
7.30 Parkinson
7.30 The Unknown War 7pm Angie
7.30 Little House On The Prairie
7.30 Switch 7pm Along The Mediterranean (Yugoslavia)
7.30 Josephine (France)
8PM  8.35 Special: ABC Sportsman Of The Year 1980. Norman May 8.30 Return Of The Saint 8.30 Movie: The Hunters. 1956 [IMDB] 8.30 The Runaways
9PM  9.35 ABC News, Weather
9.45 Target
9.30 How The West Was Won 9.30 Movie: Bang The Drum Slowly. 1973 [IMDB] * 9pm Movie: I Only Wish You Loved Me (Germany) [IMDB]
10PM  10.35 The Val Doonican Music Show 10pm Cricket: First Test. Australia v India. Highlights
10.30 Upstairs Downstairs
10.30 Close
11PM  11.25 Close 11.30 Nightmoves. Lee Simon 11.30 The Evil Touch 11.20 Movie: Charleston. 1978 [IMDB]
12AM  12am Movie: The Killers. 1946 (B&W) [IMDB]
1AM  1.30am Close 1.10am Close
2AM  2am Movie: The Gamblers. 1970 [IMDB]
3AM  3.50 Movie: The Brasher Doubloon. 1947 (B&W) [IMDB]
5AM  5.10 Danger Man (B&W)
(Continues to 6am)