When is the last time a strike ended up with blacked out screens. Certainly the more recent ones, which have tended to be BBC, have seen alternative programming air instead.
And the ITV strikes of the 3/4 channel era are well documented but were there any significant BBC strikes in that era aswell?
The December 1978 strike at the BBC was probably the worst one for them, when both BBC One and BBC Two were totally blacked out on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December 1978 - there had been wild cat strikes leading up to those two days of no BBC television what so ever.
Friday 22nd December 1978 also affected BBC Radio, when all the union radio staff walked out and left a skeleton staff at BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place to put together an An Network Service, combining BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 into one station from 4.00pm until 2.00am, by which time the strike was settled.