Saturday 3 January 1981 — 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 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 — SYDNEY

Source: TV Scene, 3 January 1981

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6AM 6am Rocky And His Friends
6.30 King Leonardo
7AM 7am King Kong
7.30 Sigmund And The Sea Monsters
8AM 8am Swiss Family Robinson 8am How
8.30 Nobody’s House
8am Waterline
8.30 Laurel And Hardy (B&W)
9AM 9am Sounds. Donnie Sutherland 9am The Curiosity Show 9am Cartoon Carnival
10AM 10am The Krofft Supershow
10.50 Cricket: First Test. Australia v India. Live from the Sydney Cricket Ground
10.30 The Magic Wok
11AM 11am Let’s Go Greek — Endaxi. John Tikis
12PM 12pm John’s Workshop
12.30 Havoc
12pm The Cisco Kid
1PM 1pm Soccer: Match Of The Day 1pm Tennis: Australian Men’s Open. Live from Kooyong, Melbourne 1pm Snooker: TAA International Championship
1.30 Cricket (cont’d)
1pm Movie: Magic Fire. 1954 [IMDB]
2PM 2pm Motor Racing: Manufacturers Championship. Highlights
3PM 3pm Fall Line
3.50 Basketball: Australian Men’s Final 1979. Victoria v South Australia (Rpt)
3pm Racing. Live from Moonee Valley, Melbourne 3pm Making It Together
3.30 The Rovers
4PM 4.55 Paddles Up 4pm Wild Kingdom
4.30 Barrier Reef
5PM 5.10 Thrillmaker Sports
5.35 Survival
5pm Tennis (cont’d) 5pm Almost Anything Goes 5.30pm Cartoons
6PM 6.05 The Magic Show 6pm Seven National News
6.30 Little Women
6pm National Nine News
6.30 Diff’rent Strokes
6pm Eyewitness News
6.30 Young Talent Time (Rpt)
6pm The Orphan (France)
6.30 In The Wake Of Odysseus (Germany)
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.15 Today’s Sport
7.26 Weather
7.30 Parkinson
7.30 Phyl And Mikhy 7pm Angie
7.30 Salvage 1
7.30 Special: Roger Whittaker 7pm Along The Mediterranean (Yugoslavia)
7.30 Josephine (France)
8PM  8.35 Special: ABC Sportsman Of The Year 1980. Norman May 8pm The Howerd Confessions
8.25 Tattersall’s Super 66
8.30 Special: George Burns’ 100th Birthday
8.30 Movie: The Great Niagara. 1974 [IMDB] 8.30 Special: The Elusive Geisha. Paul Ricketts
9PM  9.35 ABC News, Weather
9.45 Target
9.35 Tattslotto
9.40 Fallen Hero
9.30 Movie: The Laughing Policeman. 1973 [IMDB] 9pm Movie: I Only Wish You Loved Me (Germany) [IMDB]
10PM  10.35 The Val Doonican Music Show 10.40 Big League Soccer 10pm Cricket: First Test. Highlights
10.30 Movie: In Broad Daylight. 1971 [IMDB]
10.30 Close
11PM  11.25 Close 11.55 Movie: Breakout. 1967 [IMDB] 11.40 World Snooker
12AM  12am Movie: The Killers. 1964 (B&W) [IMDB] 12.10am Special Edition
12.40 Movie: The Last Days Of Dolwyn. 1949 (B&W) [IMDB]
1AM  1.45am Close
2AM  2am Movie: The Gamblers. 1970 [IMDB]
3AM  3.50 Movie: The Brasher Doubloon. 1947 (B&W) [IMDB] 3.30 Close
5AM  5.10 Danger Man (B&W)
(Continues to 6am)