Channel 2 (Israel)
Hebrew: ערוץ 2
|Launched||4 November 1993|
|Owned by||The Second Authority for Television and Radio|
|Picture format||576i (De jure 4:3, De facto compressed 16:9) (PAL)|
|Analog||Channel 2 (UHF)|
|Digital||Channel 2 (UHF)|
|Amos-3||11658V 8520 2/3|
In 1990, after 13 years of deliberations, the Knesset passed a law that paved the way for the establishment of commercial television in Israel. The goal was to enhance pluralism and create competition. Channel 2 began broadcasting on November 4, 1993. Three concessionaires were chosen: "Keshet", "Telad" and "Reshet". The concessionaires received a broadcasting contract for one decade and worked out a rotation agreement amongst themselves.
In April 2005, the Ministry of Communication announced that two concessionaires would receive broadcasting contracts for the following decade. Of the four competitors (the fourth being "Kan"), Keshet and Reshet were chosen. Telad, which lost the bid, stopped broadcasting on Channel 2 in October 2005. Keshet and Reshet broadcast 3 or 4 days a week, rotating every two years.
In 2011, Channel 2 installed a new digital system to preserve news content that was stored on aging videotapes and manage its archive library.
The broadcasts of Channel 2 are controlled by the Second Israeli Broadcasting Authority. The channel currently has two concessionaires: Keshet and Reshet. Other content providers for Channel 2 include:
- Israeli News Company (חברת החדשות הישראלית בע"מ) – produces the news broadcasts for the channel.
- IETV (הטלוויזיה החינוכית) – Israeli Educational Television has been broadcasting its programs on channel 2 in the afternoon since 1995.
- List of programs broadcast by Channel 2 (Israel)
- List of television channels in Israel
- Television in Israel
- Jerusalem Online
- "Channel 2 Israel deploys Masstech’s TOPAZ+XT MAM system to support digital workflow" (Press release). Masstech. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "Channel 2". Ynetnews. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "The Establishment of Channel 2". The Second Authority for Television and Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2012.