1978 in Australian television

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This article is a summary of 1978 in Australian television.


  • 20 March – Channel 0 launches its one-hour news service Eyewitness News with Bruce Mansfield as host.
  • August – The ABC televises the 1978 Commonwealth Games from Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The opening and closing ceremonies are televised live, with event highlights each day.
  • 12 September – The very first major mini-series produced for Australian commercial television with a budget of over a million dollars Against the Wind is screen on Seven Network. It is also the first major Australian TV production to be broadcast in the United States.
  • October – Channel 0 makes a request to the Federal Government for permission to change its broadcast frequency to Network Ten.
  • November – The 0-10 Network televises the Melbourne Cup to a national audience for the first time. The telecast is regarded as one of the largest national sports telecasts mounted to date.
  • 64% of Melbourne and 70% of Sydney households now own colour TV sets, giving Australia one of the fastest changeovers to colour in the world.


Program Network Debut date
Eyewitness News Channel 0 20 March
The Truckies ABC 31 July
Against the Wind Seven Network 12 September
The Daryl and Ossie Show The 0-10 Network September
The Tea Ladies The 0-10 Network 12 October
Cuckoo in the Nest Seven Network 22 December
Alexander Bunyip's Billabong ABC 1978
Catspaw ABC 1978
Good Morning Sydney TEN-10 1978
Case for the Defence Unknown 1978
Wayzgoose ABC 1978

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Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
3 March Bobby Dazzler Seven Network 20 November 1977
18 April A Current Affair Nine Network 22 November 1971
31 October Against the Wind Seven Network 12 September 1978
3 November Blankety Blanks The 0-10 Network 24 January 1977
1978 The Daryl and Ossie Show The 0-10 Network 1978
1978 It's Academic Seven Network 1970
1978 The Naked Vicar Show Seven Network 1977
1978 The Daryl and Ossie Cartoon Show Nine Network 1976
1978 Pot of Gold The 0-10 Network 1975

Returning this year[edit]

  • No shows returning this year.

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