|Launched||4 November 1961|
|Owned by||RAI – Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.a.|
|Audience share||6.85% (May 2014, )|
|Formerly called||Secondo Programma (1961–1975)
Rete 2 (1975–1982)
Rai Due (1982–2010)
|Digital||DVB-T, LCN 2|
|Digital||DVB-S (scrambled in Mediaguard during some events) on Hotbird, Astra and Atlantic Bird|
|SKY Italia||Channels 102 and 5002|
|NOVA Greece||Channel 855|
|MC Cable||Channel 202|
|Com Hem||Channel 213|
Channel 203 (digital CH-D)
Rai 2 is one of the three main television channels broadcast by Italian public television company RAI alongside with Rai 1 and Rai 3. Rai 2 first started broadcasting on 4 November 1961. In the eighties it was known for its political affiliation to the Italian Socialist Party; in recent years it shifted its focus toward talk shows, reality television and infotainment.
The channel is scheduled to start HDTV broadcasting by the end of September 2013.
A few programmes include:
- TG2 (Newscast)
- Desperate Housewives
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- Law & Order
- Eurovision Song Contest
- Life on Mars
- Starsky and Hutch
- Past Life
- Once Upon a Time
Not longer aired programs
Until the 1975–1976 season regular broadcasting was monochrome, with very few exceptions. Since the 1976 summer season, then called Rete 2 began airing at first some new show in colour, then a semi-regular colour broadcasting during the fall season (anyway few hours a week). Rai 1 followed its "sister network" some month later. Eventually, regular broadcasting in colour began in 1 February 1977.
- Rischiatutto, one hour long Italian version of Jeopardy!, hosted by Mike Bongiorno, aired on Thursday night, from 5 February 1970, at 9:15 PM (in 1972 season at 9:30 PM). About 20 millions of viewer watched every episode of the show, the first one aired on Rai 2 to enter in the list of the Ten Most Watched Programs on Italian TV during the year. Last two seasons (1973 and 1974) were aired on Rai 1.
- Ondalibera (known popularly as Televacca, Cow TV), one hour long comedy and satirical show hosted by a very young Roberto Benigni, in his television debut. In the show, the Tuscan peasant Mario Cioni (Benigni) hosts a program aired in the fictional local channel Televacca, which has its headquarters in a stable full of hay and animals. Using a sometimes vulgar and desecrating speech, with a heavy Tuscan accent, Benigni improvised monologues and satirized the TV medium and the society. Co-hosts were the boor Monna (Carlo Monni) and his "daughter" Donatella, a Daisy Mae Yokum style young woman. Considered one of the most controversial programs in Italian TV history, censored and interrupted after only four episodes despite a relatively good success, the program debuted in 19 December 1976, airing on Sunday nights at 8:45 PM.
- "Sintesi Mensile 1A". Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- http://www.eurojump.com/content/ventimilioni-il-gioved%C3%AC-di-mike (Italian)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knc8aUslmDw The "opening theme" of the show, titled "La Marcia degli Incazzati" (Pissed Off Guys' March)
- Official Website (Italian)