Victoria’s television stations are forced to be restricted to only two hours of programming between 6 and 8pm in a bid to stem widespread power usage across the state following a snap strike called by power workers in the Latrobe Valley.
The restriction forced HSV7 to postpone the final episode of its major mini-series A Town Like Alice to the following Sunday. ABC shifted Nationwide and The Inventors from their usual later timeslots to air in the two-hour timeframe.
GTV9, being the only 24-hour channel in Melbourne, was able to resume transmission at midnight as the 24-hour strike was lifted.
Source: The Age, 22 July 1981
|6PM||6pm The Inventors||6pm The Muppet Show
6.30 Seven National News. Mal Walden
6.05 The Young Doctors
6.30 National Nine News. Brian Naylor
|6pm Eyewitness News. Jana Wendt, Rod McNeil||6.27pm News Headlines
6.30 Soccer: Philips Soccer League. Les Murray
|7PM||7pm ABC News. Geoff Raymond
7.30 Nationwide. Peter Couchman
|7pm Willesee At Seven. Mike Willesee
7.30 The Australians. Peter Luck
|7pm Sale Of The Century. Tony Barber, Victoria Nicolls
7.30 Superquiz. Bert Newton, Patti Newton
|7pm The Restless Years
|7.30 World News. George Donikian|
|8PM||8pm Close||8pm Close||8pm Close||8pm Close||8pm Close|
|12AM||12am Movie: Our Miss Fred [IMDB]|
|1AM||1.50 Movie: Brothers-In-Law (B&W) [IMDB]|
|3AM||3.50 Movie: Strange Homecoming [IMDB]|
|5AM||5.10 Danger Man (B&W)
(Continues to 6am)