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TV2 is a national television network in New Zealandmarker, which is owned and operated by the state-owned broadcaster TVNZ. 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 Statesmarker.


TV2 was formed following the dissolution of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in 1975, and is a sister station to TV1 which took over the AKTV2 and CHTV3 stations in Aucklandmarker and Christchurchmarker. It began broadcasting in those cities on 30 June of that year, but did not begin broadcasting in Wellingtonmarker until that November.

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 Zealandmarker 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. In 1995 Channel 2 reverted to its old name, TV2.

On September 22, 2007, TV2 went into 16:9 widescreen on Freeview 24 hours a day.


News Programming

News and sport is usually catered for by sister channel TV One. However, the show does feature one news show, 20/20, which borrows the format and some of the stories from the American Broadcasting Company in the United Statesmarker, the program's originator. While TV2 has never had its own newscast, TV2 once featured headline updates at the top of the hour, but these were discontinued in 2002. TV2 does broadcast headlines for the ONE News bulletin at 5:00pm and 5:30pm.

Original Programming

TV2's original programming is also produced and filmed in New Zealand. Due to the small population of New Zealand, and TV2's small viewing audience when compared to TV networks in America and the United Kingdom, most shows have a low budget as the television viewing audience in New Zealand is not large enough to justify high cost programming. Many shows also rely on government subsidies provided via New Zealand On Air. Most of TV2’s original programming is reality shows, which are known to be much cheaper to produce than scripted programming.

Notable current original programming includes: Notable past original programming includes:

Imported Programming

The majority of TV2's line up is imported from other television markets, mostly from the United States. TV2 has major contract deals with Disney-ABC International Television, Warner Bros. Television,Sony Pictures Television International and DreamWorks Television for supply of most of its American programmes. Notably, TV2 features no shows from Fox, apart from American Idol, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The O.C., Fringe, and Mad TV as American Idol is distributed by Fremantle Media.Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The O.C and MAD TV are supplied through TVNZ's Warner Bros. Television agreement, as FOX has an exclusive agreement with TV2's main rival, TV3. In a rare situation in mid 2007, TV2 screened episodes of ABC drama Men in Trees months in advance of the USmarker, as ABC decided to attach these episodes onto the second season of the show. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is also being fast tracked from the US with Season 2 starting exactly a month after the US Premiere as usually there are many months between US and NZ Premieres.

Notable Imported programming includes:

New Imported Programming for 2010:

See also

For a more extensive list of programs screened on TVNZ, see List of TVNZ television programming.


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