Back in the day, electricity restrictions triggered by industrial action were an occasional feature of life in Victoria. Various measures were applied to domestic, business and industrial premises to stem the widespread use of electricity to ensure the demand did not exceed the instantly limited supply.

Among the measures applied to cut back household power usage was to force TV stations to limit their program hours and dictate that household televisions were only to be used in certain hours.

In July 1981, when power industry workers in the Latrobe Valley called a snap strike, Victoria’s television stations were restricted to a maximum two hours of programming between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. The strike happened to coincide with other industrial action affecting the state’s milk supplies and which also threatened to escalate to include petrol deliveries. Not a fun day for Victorians!

The day there really was nothing on TV is one of the latest additions to Classic TV Guides:



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