Rai 2

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Rai 2
Rai 2 logo.svg
Launched 4 November 1961
Owned by Rai
Audience share 6.85% (May 2014, [1])
Country Italy
Formerly called Secondo Programma (1961–1975)
Rete 2 (1975–1982)
Rai Due (1982–2010)
Website www.raidue.rai.it
Analogue Not available
Digital DVB-T, LCN 2
Analogue Not available
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
Cablecom Channel 094
Channel 203 (digital CH-D)
Numericable Channel 77
DNA Oy Channel 376
Streaming media
Rai.tv Live Streaming
Yalp.alice.it Live Streaming
Logo used from 2000–2010

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 has 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:

Not longer aired programs[edit]

Until the 1975–1976 season regular broadcasting was monochrome, with very few exceptions. Since the 1976 summer season, then called Rete 2 began airing some new shows in colour, then beginning semi-regular colour broadcasting during the autumn season (a few hours a week). Rai 1 followed its "sister network" a few months 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 million viewers watched every episode of the show,[2] the first one aired on Rai 2 to enter in the list of the Ten Most Watched Programs on Italian TV during the year. The final two seasons (1973 and 1974) were aired on Rai 1.
  • Ondalibera (known popularly as Televacca, Cow TV), was a 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 stylish young woman.[3] Considered one of the most controversial programs in Italian TV history, censored and interrupted after only four episodes despite being relatively successful, the program debuted in 19 December 1976, airing on Sunday nights at 8:45 PM.[4]


  1. ^ "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.eurojump.com/content/ventimilioni-il-gioved%C3%AC-di-mike (Italian)
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnBmyzkAPHQ
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knc8aUslmDw The "opening theme" of the show, titled "La Marcia degli Incazzati" (Pissed Off Guys' March)

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