|Launched||4 November 1961|
|Picture format||16:9 576i and 1080i (Selected events)|
|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)
|DNA Oy||Channel 376|
Rai 2 is one of the three main television channels broadcast by Italian public television company RAI alongside 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:
- TG2 (Newscast)
- Desperate Housewives
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
- Law & Order
- Eurovision Song Contest (finals until 2015)
- 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 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 on 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, 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. 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 on 19 December 1976, airing on Sunday nights at 8:45 PM.
- "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). 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)