|8th International Emmy Awards|
|Hosted by||Peter Ustinov|
The 8th International Emmy Awards took place on November 25, 1980, in New York City, United States. Actor Peter Ustinov hosted the ceremony attended by more than 750 foreign dignitaries and members of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The Emmys were presented by veteran television newscaster and anchorman Harry Reasoner, actress Irene Papas, the Canadian comedy team of Wayne and Shuster and actor Werner Klemperer.
Television programs from Great Britain and from Canada have won International Emmy Awards in a seven-nation competition. Productions from 21 countries were entered, with the list pared for final judging to five programs from England, two from Canada and one each from Belgium, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Jim Henson, The Muppet Show creator, received the first Founders Award of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Directorate Award was shared by Frank Stanton, former president of CBS and Lew Grade, head of England's Associate Communications Corp.