FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: Dave Baldwin
This would be the final time a BBC TV channel was blacked out for an entire day by a strike.
[00:00:00] GRAPHIC: an industrial dispute blacked out BBC One for the day.
The strike was in support of 600 scenery shifters, sacked the previous week, after five weeks on the picket lines. The dispute was over a cost-cutting reorganisation of their department.
Permutations of this caption – accompanied by music – was all that went out on BBC One that day.
The music was a selection of Ceefax tapes. The tape playing in this clip is Sunflower.
BBC Two did manage to put out almost all of its planned schedule, with the exception of Newsnight:
5.10pm Open University.
5.35pm News Summary.
5.40pm Cartoon Two.
5.50pm King of Kings.
8.25pm Food and Drink.
9pm Mike Harding in Belfast.
9.30pm Forty Minutes.
10.10pm Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
10.40pm News on Two. Partially replacing Newsnight.
10.50pm Package Tour. Partially replacing Newsnight.
11.30pm A Voyage Between Two Seas.
PICTURED: BBC One graphic. COPYRIGHT: BBC.