Saturday 26 August 1972 — MELBOURNE

The Opening Ceremony of The Games Of The XX Olympiad is broadcast live via satellite on ABC and Seven. It is the first time since the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956 that an Olympics opening ceremony is broadcast live in Australia.

Both ABC and Seven would go on to broadcast half-hour highlights packages each morning and evening during the Olympic Games.

Source: TV Week, 26 August 1972.

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7AM 7am Playroom
7.30 Humphrey Bear’s Curiosity Show
7am Building Today. Murray Jones
8AM 8.30am Cartoons 8.30 Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Daryl Somers. Includes Phantaman, The Adventures Of Mr Magoo, Bomba The Jungle Boy. 8am Happening 72. Jeff Phillips, Johnny Young
9AM 9am Jet Set. Trudy Jaworski
11AM 11.30 The Samurai
12PM 12.50pm Hit Scene. Dick Williams 12pm Movies: Man Of Bronze. 1951 [IMDB]; Million Dollar Legs. 1932 [IMDB]. Includes VFL updates at 2.05, 2.40, 3.15, 4.05, 4.40 and live crosses to races at Sandown 12.30pm World Championship Wrestling. Jack Little 12pm On The Ball. Peter Sharp, Ted Henrys
12.30 Racing. Craig Kelly, John Russell
1PM 1.20 Sportsview 1.30 Movie: Blondie’s Hero. 1950 [IMDB] 1.15 TV Form Guide. Clem Dimsey, Peter Lovitt.
1.45 Wide World Of Sport
2PM *2.20 Racing: Sandown
3PM 3pm Daktari *3pm Racing: Werribee
*3.30 Racing: Sandown
(* indicates approximate times only)
4PM 4.55 Sporting Roundup 4pm Wells Fargo 4.45 Sporting Roundup. Keith Livingstone, Peter Sharp
5PM 5.05 Cattanooga Cats
5.47 Grasshopper Island
5.30 Jeopardy. Graham Webb 5pm Bandstand. Brian Henderson 5pm Roller Game
6PM 6pm Today’s Football
6.30 Golden Silents
6.55 Weather
6pm Seven National News. David Johnston
6.30 Football Inquest. Michael Williamson
6pm National Nine News. Peter Smith, Bert Bryant, Ted Whitten
6.30 The Godfathers
6pm 0 Melbourne News. Ron Alderton, Clem Dimsey, Peter Sharp
6.30 Young Talent Time
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.30 Football Replay: VFL
7pm Big Replay: VFL 7pm Split Second. Ken James 7.30 The Monroes
8PM  8.30 Four Corners 8.15 Penthouse Club. Michael Williamson, Mary Hardy 8pm Hawaii Five O 8.30 Movie: Ring Of Treason. 1964 [IMDB]
9PM  9.25 The Danny Thomas Hour 9pm Movie: A Run For Your Money. 1950 [IMDB]
10PM  10.15 Movie: Fame Is The Name Of The Game [IMDB] 10.35 News. Jason Davis
10.40 Olympic Report
10.45 VFL Matches Of The Day
10.10 Late News. Ron Alderton
10.15 Movie: Hunchback Of Rome [IMDB]
11PM  11.50 Tales From Hoffnung 11pm News. Peter Landy
11.15 Big Replay: VFL
11.45 Movie: The Devil’s Jest. 1960 [IMDB]
12AM  12am The Games Of The XX Olympiad: Opening Ceremony. Live from Munich  12am The Games Of The XX Olympiad: Opening Ceremony. Live from Munich  12.45am Movie: The Three Avengers. 1965 [IMDB] 12.05am Weather
12.07 Close
2AM  2am Close 2am Close
3AM  3.45 Close