As far as I'm aware presenters technically have no ability to block showings of their episodes any more (they did on the UK Gold showings in the 90s, but things have changed since then, and even then it was only Mike & Noel who blocked). It's a bizarre situation and he seems to be getting special treatment not afforded to other presenters. I can't help but think if he was still alive we'd be getting his episodes regardless of what he thought. It wouldn't be as bad if he was just an occasional presenter, but he was the most prominent presenter at one time, he does 16 episodes a year between 1985-87.
The fact BBC4 seem to regularly tweet clips of Mike during their TOTP tweetalongs makes the situation even more confusing, along with including a clip of him introducing Wham appeared at the end of their TOTP Story of 1981 last year, and Radio 1 Vintage broadcasting an hour of his archive a few weeks ago.
You mentioned Noel- none of his episodes were blocked on BBC4, we saw all his surviving April 76-78 episodes (and the Xmas 75 edition in 2015).
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