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Channel Television during the 1979 ITV Strike

How did it continue broadcasting? (June 2019)

JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
VCR's were around in the 1970's but were hideously expensive.


I don't think having films on video was really a thing that early either.
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Probably not. More like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOL8xs9Q1sM
MA
Manorlodge Channel Channel Islands
I remember those weeks very well. Piles of film cans in the corridor, longer than average news items, more ad-libbing, and the islanders loved it. They wanted Channels news to stay at an hour !
UKnews, Markymark and Si-Co gave kudos
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Had video recorders made it on to the market by then? An expensive way at the time to offer more choice, and I guess no way to advertise them to TV viewers, but if they were out you'd imagine they'd have benefitted. Suspect radio and the cinema did as well.


VCRs were around, but as said expensive, if you did have one, all that would have been possible would have been to time shift BBC 1 and 2, there were very few prerecorded tapes available

I don't recall ITV's absence being particularly inconvenient, and I don't recall any uproar about the BBC having no daytime programming, radio ruled daytime back then
BL
bluecortina
As I’ve posted before, ITV management engineered the strike in an attempt to reign in ‘union power’ then the lead ITV negotiators went on holiday themselves for a couple of weeks so no negotiations were possible.
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
I already asked about whether, on a Saturday afternoon, Channel could've tried to get rights to show some sport from France, such as French championship rugby. That question has been answered, but another point about a Saturday, with no world of sport, did Channel still do a classified results round up, and pools check?
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
I already asked about whether, on a Saturday afternoon, Channel could've tried to get rights to show some sport from France, such as French championship rugby. That question has been answered, but another point about a Saturday, with no world of sport, did Channel still do a classified results round up, and pools check?


As said up thread, Channel had no facilities to be fed live programming (other than the UHF link from Stockland Hill) nor any standards conversion equipment, taking OSs is the stuff of fantasy
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
Sorry, I didn't make my question clear. I was meaning, did Channel TV, on their Saturday evening new bulletin, during the strike, give out all the football results, and pools check themselves, from St. Helier? I wasn't meaning get them from elsewhere. If they did, I presume they would've had someone go up with their car radio, and a newspaper with the matches and pools check, to note the scores down, and then return to St Helier.
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Sorry, I didn't make my question clear. I was meaning, did Channel TV, on their Saturday evening new bulletin, during the strike, give out all the football results, and pools check themselves, from St. Helier? I wasn't meaning get them from elsewhere. If they did, I presume they would've had someone go up with their car radio, and a newspaper with the matches and pools check, to note the scores down, and then return to St Helier.

I would assume there probably was no local news on a Saturday night on Channel Television, even during normal schedules in 1979.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I think the strike was outside of the football season?
Write that down in your copybook now.
RO
robertclark125 STV Central Reporting Scotland
It was August to October, so was in the football season. But, as JKDerry has posted, he as assumed that normal schedules would not have seen a local news bulletin on a Saturday in 1979, so unlikely they'd try and do a special bulletin just for the classified results.
TJ
TedJrr Anglia (East) Look East
It was August to October, so was in the football season.......


Sponsorship wasn't allowed then, and still isn't in news. So that squishes the logical effort which would have been a Saturday tea-time sports result programme in associatiin with the Jersey Evening Post.

Papers would have had agency tapes covering results and the sort of copy ready for a late Saturday sports extra (sorry.... xtra) . Channel TV might have had some wire services, but it is unlikely that they subscribed to the sort of services available to an evening paper.

I wonder if the Post did a Saturday "green/pink-un". If they did, the lack of World of Sports's results round up may well have helped their circulation.....

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