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Rai Due

Rai 2
Rai 2 - Logo 2016.svg
Launched4 November 1961; 58 years ago (1961-11-04)
Owned byRai
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share6.85% (May 2014, [1])
Broadcast areaItaly
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Formerly calledSecondo Programma (1961-1975)
Rete 2 (1975-1983)
Rai Due (1983-2010)
Sister channel(s)Rai 1
Rai 3
Rai 4
Rai 5
Rai Gulp
Rai Movie
Rai News24
Rai Premium
Rai Scuola
Rai Sport
Rai Storia
Rai Yoyo
Rai Ladinia
Rai Südtirol
Rai Italia
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 2 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
Hot Bird 13°E (Europe, Middle East & North Africa)10992 V 27500 2/3 (SD)
Sky ItaliaChannel 102 (SD)
TivùsatChannel 2 (SD)
Channel 102 (HD)
NOVA GreeceChannel 855
MC CableChannel 202
Com HemChannel 213
CablecomChannel 94
Channel 203
NumericableChannel 77
DNA OyChannel 376
Ziggo (Netherlands)TV Italiana Ziggo App Channel 3
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 867 (SD)
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 102 (SD)
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 382 (SD)
Streaming media
Rai.tvLive Streaming

Rai 2 (until May 2010 known as Rai Due) is the second public television channel broadcast by Italian state-owned broadcaster RAI. 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 towards the youth with the airing of talk shows, reality television, drama series, sitcoms and infotainment.

The channel launched its own HD feed by late-September 2013 on pay television. The feed entered on DTT in September 2016.


A few programmes include:


Kids Block

  • Random/ Cartoon Flakes (2005-2014)
  • Go-Cart mattina (1997-2005)

Not longer aired programmes

Until 1975 regular broadcasting was monochrome, with very few exceptions. Since late 1975, 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,[2] the first one aired on Rai 2 to enter in the list of the Ten Most Watched Programmes 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 programme 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 satirised 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 programmes in Italian TV history, censored and interrupted after only four episodes despite being relatively successful, the programme debuted on 19 December 1976, airing on Sunday nights at 8:45 PM.[4]


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

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