- TV2 (New Zealand)
infobox TV channel
name = TV2
logofile = Tv2-2007.png
logosize = 100px
logoalt = TV2 Logo
June 30 1975
picture format =
576i 16:9( SDTV)
share as of =
share source =
owner = TVNZ
former names =
South Pacific Television
web = [http://www.tv2.co.nz/ tv2.co.nz]
terr serv 1 = Analogue
terr chan 1 = VHF Band
"normally tuned to 2"
terr serv 2 = Freeview
terr chan 2 = Channel 2
terr serv 3 = SKY Television Analogue
terr chan 3 = Channel 2
sat serv 1 = Freeview
sat chan 1 = Channel 2
sat serv 2 = SKY Television Digital
sat chan 2 = Channel 2
cable serv 1 =
cable chan 1 = Channel 2
TV2 is a national television network in
New Zealand, which is owned and operated by the state-owned broadcaster TVNZ. It targets a younger audience than its sister network, TV One. TV2's line up consists of dramas, sitcoms, and reality shows, most of which are produced in New Zealand or imported from the United States.
TV2 was formed following the dissolution of the
New Zealand Broadcasting Corporationin 1975, and took over the AKTV2 and CHTV3 stations in Aucklandand Christchurch. It began broadcasting in those cities on 30 Juneof that year, but did not begin broadcasting in Wellingtonuntil that November.
TV2 opened with a Telethon for the St John Ambulance Service. As there was only one national link, and TV One had priority, TV2 used the link overnight to feed the next day's programmes between Auckland and Christchurch so they could be broadcast simultaneously.In
1976TV2 was renamed South Pacific Television, and along with TV One and Radio New Zealandit became part of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand (BCNZ) in 1977.
In 1980, South Pacific Television (which reverted to its original name of TV2) and TV One merged to form
Television New Zealand, with the promise of 'complementary programming'.In 1981, tenders were called for the supply of programmes for TV2's morning slot. The following year Northern Television began producing programmes as the first private enterprise TV broadcaster in the country. In 1983Northern TV was forced to close due to high costs and low advertising revenue.
The National government debated selling off TV2 to a private enterprise in
1983, but this did not happen. In 1988the Labour government dissolved BCNZ, and deregulated the broadcasting market. With the launch of TV3 in 1989, TV2 (now rebranded 'Channel 2') moved away from complementary programming and repositioned itself as an entertainment channel, leaving more serious programming to TV One. In 1995 Channel 2 reverted to its old name, TV2.
September 22, 2007, TV2 went into 16:9 widescreen on Freeview 24 hours a day.
News and sport is usually catered for by sister channel TV One. However, the show does feature one news show, "
20/20", based on the American show of the same name. While TV2 has never had its own newscast, TV2 once featured headline updates at the top of the hour, but these were discontinued in 2002. TV2 does broadcast headlines for the " ONE News" bulletin at 5:00pm and 5:30pm.
TV2's original programming is also produced and filmed in New Zealand.. Due to the small population of New Zealand, and TV2's small viewing audience when compared to TV networks in America and the United Kingdom, most shows have a low budget as the television viewing audience in New Zealand is not large enough to justify high cost programming. Many shows also rely on government subsidies provided via
New Zealand On Air. Most of TV2’s original programming is reality shows, which are known to be much cheaper to produce than scripted programming.
Notable current original programming includes:
Neighbours at War"
Mitre 10 Dream Home"
* "Treasure Island"
My House My Castle"
* "Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old?"Notable past original programming includes:
The majority of TV2's line up is imported from other television markets, mostly from the United States. TV2 has major contract deals with
Disney-ABC International Television, Warner Bros. Television, Sony Pictures Television Internationaland DreamWorks Televisionfor supply of most of its American programmes. Notably, TV2 features no shows from FOX, apart from " American Idol", " The O.C.", and " Mad TV" as "American Idol" is distributed by Fremantle Media. "The O.C" and "MAD TV" are supplied through TVNZ's Warner Bros. Televisionagreement, as FOX has an exclusive agreement with TV2's main rival, TV3. In a rare situation in mid 2007, TV2 screened episodes of ABC drama " Men in Trees" months in advance of the US, as ABC decided to attach these episodes onto the second season of the show.
Notable Imported programming includes:
Aliens in America"
The Amazing Race"
The Best Years"
The Big Bang Theory"
Dirty Sexy Money"
The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Notes From the Underbelly"
Current Primetime Schedule
"News and Current Affairs" are in Grey;"Drama" is in Blue;"Sitcoms", "Animation" and "Comedy" are in Purple;"Lifestyle programs" are in Green;"Factual programs" and "Documentaries" are Yellow;"Reality", "Game shows" and "Talk shows" are in Red; "Sport" is in Orange; "Movies" are in Pink.The above represents TV2's usual primetime schedule. It does not reflect one-off events, and program starting times may vary from those shown. This schedule is current as of
2008-07-10. For up-to-date information, see TV2's online television guide. ( [http://tvnz.co.nz/view-preempt/tv2_epg_skin/channelDesc=tv2#9:00 link] ). †This programme is interrupted for 5 minutes at 8:00pm for the Lotto draw.
TV2 has had numerous logos throughout its history. The current logo is highly comparable to that of .
"For a more extensive list of programs screened on TVNZ, see
List of TVNZ television programming".
* [http://www.tvnz.co.nz TVNZ]
* [http://tvnz.co.nz/view/tv2_index_skin/tv2_index_group/ Official Site]
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