1980 in Australian television
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This article is a summary of 1980 in Australian television.
- 20 January - The 0/10 Network became known as Network Ten to reflect ATV moving from channel 0 to channel 10 – although the Brisbane station continued to broadcast as TVQ-0 until 10 September 1988 when the station changed to TVQ-10. In 1987 Adelaide's Network Ten affiliate (SAS-10) and Seven Network affiliate (ADS-7) successfully negotiated to exchange affiliation rights and channel frequencies due to ownership problems. On 27 December 1987, the exchange came into effect and ADS-7, owned by the same owners as the main Network Ten stations, became ADS-10 with SAS-10 converting to SAS-7, operated by TVW-7 in Perth.
- 30 January - Australian sitcom Kingswood Country (a spinoff of the Australian comedy sketch series The Naked Vicar Show) starring Ross Higgins premieres on Seven Network.
- 27 May - British comedy drama series Minder premieres on ABC.
- 14 July - A remake of the 1970s Australian game show Great Temptation called Sale of the Century premieres on Nine Network and becomes the biggest hit of the year. Tony Barber who has previously hosted Great Temptation will return to host this remake along with new co-host Victoria Nicholls.
- August - TV Times and TV Guide magazines are amalgamated into TV Week.
- 4 September - Australian drama miniseries The Timeless Land debuts on ABC.
- 24 October - Special Broadcasting Service was launched as Channel 0/28.
- The 1980 Moscow Olympics are televised on Seven Network via satellite.
- 24 October - Channel 0/28
|Arcade||Network Ten||20 January|
|Kingswood Country||Seven Network||30 January|
|Sale of the Century||Nine Network||14 July|
|The Timeless Land||ABC TV||4 September|
|Home Sweet Home||ABC TV||6 October|
|All in the Green Year||ABC TV||20 October|
|Are You Being Served?||Network Ten||1980|
New International Programming
- 11 February - The All-New Popeye Show (Seven Network)
- 21 February - The Dukes of Hazzard (Network Ten)
- 3 March - Grange Hill (ABC TV)
- 26 May - Fangface (Network Ten)
- 27 May - Minder (ABC TV)
- 22 June - Scooby and Scrappy-Doo (Nine Network)
- 20 October - Huntingtower (ABC TV)
- 3 November - Pinocchio (ABC TV)
- 18 November - Big Shamus, Little Shamus (Seven Network)
- 25 November - Flo (Network Ten)
- 26 November - The Ropers (Seven Network)
- 2 December - Mrs. Columbo (Nine Network)
- 4 December - The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (Network Ten)
- 9 December - Flambards (Nine Network)
- 22 December - The New Fred and Barney Show (Seven Network)
- 23 December - Texas (Network Ten)
- 26 December - Struck by Lightning (Seven Network)
- Godzilla (Seven Network)
- Little Blue (ABC TV)
- Jason of Star Command (Nine Network)
- Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959–1999)
- Four Corners (1961–present)
- Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999, 2009–2010)
- Young Talent Time (1971–1988)
- Countdown (1974–1987)
- The Don Lane Show (1975–1983)
- 60 Minutes (1979–present)
- Prisoner (1979–1986)
Ending this year
|29 February||Arcade||Network Ten||20 January 1980|
|10 May||Doctor Down Under||Seven Network||12 February 1976|
|24 November||All in the Green Year||ABC TV||20 October 1980|
|1980||Ask the Leyland Brothers||Nine Network||1976|
|1980||Super Flying Fun Show||Nine Network||1970|
|1980||This Is Your Life||Seven Network||1975|
|1980||Young Ramsay||Seven Network||1977|