I have a feeling with time, the management grew in confidence, and increased the amount of live programming they could do in their management run service, with less reliance on Happy Days, Batman etc - Thames had to stick mostly with repeats and imports, I am not sure if Thames News ran a full programme during the 1984 strike.
No, because the NUJ refused to cross the picket lines. They did news bulletins - which included national news, given they couldn't show anything from ITN - and the Evening Standard accused them of reading it straight out of the paper.
According to Morning Glory part of the management run GMB was a half hour interview with Anne Diamond.
A half hour interview
Anne Diamond, is what it says.
chinamug, David Vaughan and Ne1L C gave kudos