TV2 (New Zealand)
|Launched||30 June 1975|
|Picture format||HDTV (1080i)|
|Formerly called||South Pacific Television
|Sister channel(s)||TV One, kidzone24, Heartland|
|Timeshift service||TV2 +1|
|DVB 64-QAM on band IV|
|DVB QPSK 576i on 12671/12483 MHz|
|DVB 8PSK (encrypted) on 12358 MHz|
TV2 is the second New Zealand television channel owned and operated by the state-owned broadcaster Television New Zealand (TVNZ). It is both a commercial broadcaster and a public-service channel. 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 is New Zealand's second-oldest television channel, formed in 1975 following the breakup of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corportation into Radio New Zealand, Television One and Television Two. It began broadcasting on 30 June 1975, and for most of the 1970s was known as South Pacific Television. In 1980, it became a part of TVNZ when South Pacific Television and Television One merged, and reverted to the name TV2.
The channel is broadcast on the government owned Kordia terrestrial network as well as on one of the two Kordia satellite transponders, which is included in channel packages on the Freeview, Igloo, and Sky platforms. Sky also make the channel available on one of their own satellite transponders.
TV2 was formed following the dissolution of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in 1975. TV2 took over stations AKTV2 in Auckland and CHTV3 in Christchurch. It began broadcasting in those cities on 30 June of that year, but did not begin broadcasting in Wellington until that November. It is a sister station to TV One.
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 1976 TV2 was renamed South Pacific Television, and along with TV One and Radio New Zealand it 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 1983 Northern 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 1988 the 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. On 29 November 1991, Channel 2 began broadcasting 24 hour weekend television on Friday and Saturday nights and then in late July 1994 this was extended to Thursday and Sunday nights and on 19 October 1994, Channel 2 began broadcasting 24 hours a day everyday. In 1995, Channel 2 reverted to its old name, TV2.
TV2's highest-ever rating broadcast was the BBC Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, which screened on 21 November 1995. 1.517 million New Zealanders tuned in, or 41 percent of New Zealand's population (3.706 million). The broadcast remained the country's most watched television broadcast until 31 August 1997, when TV One's breaking news of Diana's death gained 1.703 million viewers.
On 22 September 2007, TV2 went into 16:9 widescreen on Freeview 24 hours a day.
On New Year's Day 2012, TV2 introduced a new look graphics package with a new theme song for the network. At the same time, the TV2 digital on-screen graphic logo moved from the top right hand corner of the screen to the bottom right hand corner of the screen, the first time since 2003.
Cross channel promotion of headlines for the One News bulletin at 5:00pm and 5:30pm before both of TV2's featured headline updates at the top of the hour and late night news called News Night hosted by Marcus Lush were respectively discontinued in 2002 and the mid-nineties.
- Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old?
- Girl vs Boy
- The Killian Curse
- Mitre 10 Dream Home
- Moon TV
- Motorway Patrol
- My House My Castle
- Neighbours at War
- Police Ten 7
- Sensing Murder
- Shortland Street (HD)
- Step Dave
- Go Girls (2009–13; cancelled)
TV2+1 was launched to Freeview and Sky customers from 1 September 2013. It is a channel with a one-hour time shift of the present TV2 schedule. The channel is available on Channel 7 on Freeview and 502 on Sky. This channel replaced U (TV channel) which was an interactive youth-orientated channel. When the channel was launched, TV One Plus 1 moved to Channel 6 on Freeview, while TV2+1 took over Channel 7.
For a more extensive list of programs screened on TVNZ, see List of TVNZ television programming.