Channel 2 (Israel)

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Channel 2
Launched 4 November 1993 (1993-11-04)
Owned by The Second Authority for Television and Radio
Picture format 4:3 (576i, DVB)
Country Israel
Language Hebrew
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Tel Aviv
Website Channel 2
Digital Channel 2
yes Channel 22
Amos-2 10806 V / 27500 / 3/4
Amos-3 11658 V / 8520 / 2/3
HOT Channel 22
Streaming media
Reshet Live stream

Channel 2 (Hebrew: ערוץ שתיים‎‎ - Arutz Shtaim), also called "The Second Channel" (הערוץ השני - HaArutz HaSheni) is an Israeli commercial television channel. Its production studios are located in Neve Ilan, near Jerusalem.[1]


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 4 November 1993. Three concessionaires were chosen: Keshet, Telad and Reshet.[2] The concessionaires received a broadcasting contract for one decade and worked out a rotation agreement amongst themselves.[3]

In 2005, the Ministry of Communications announced that two concessionaires would receive broadcasting contracts for the following decade.[4] 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.[1]


The broadcasts of Channel 2 are controlled by the Second Authority for Television and Radio. The channel currently has two concessionaires: Keshet and Reshet.[5] Other content providers for Channel 2 include the Israeli News Company and Israeli Educational Television. The latter has been broadcasting its programs on the channel in the afternoon since 1995.

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  1. ^ a b "Channel 2 Israel deploys Masstech's TOPAZ+XT MAM system to support digital workflow" (Press release). Masstech. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Kamin, Debra (2 October 2013). "Keshet: Two Decades of Evolution". Variety. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Establishment of Channel 2". The Second Authority for Television and Radio. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Channel 2". Ynetnews. 26 January 2005. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Kamin, Debra (22 January 2015). "Keshet's Cachet Draws Top TV Execs to Innovation Confab in Jerusalem". Variety. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 

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