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SVT2 logo.svg
Launched December 5, 1969
Owned by Sveriges Television
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (1969-)
720p (HDTV) (2010-)
Audience share 10.4% (2008, [1])
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Northern Sami
Swedish Sign Language
Formerly called TV2 (1969-1996)
Sister channel(s) SVT1, SVTB, SVTK, SVT24
Analogue terrestrial Until 2007
Digital terrestrial Channel 2
Canal Digital Channel 2
Viasat Channel 2
Com Hem Channel 2
Canal Digital

SVT2, until 1996 TV2, is one of two television channels broadcast by Sveriges Television in Sweden. It was started by Sveriges Radio in 1969 and is complementing the programmes in SVT1.



TV2 box used to be able to view the new channel on an old TV set.

Debate persisted throughout the 1960s of launching a second Swedish television channel was discussed. Some wanted the new channel to be commercial, but it was decided that Sveriges Radio would operate the second channel as well. TV2 began broadcasting on 5 December 1969.

On July 1, 1987 the channels were changed, with Kanal 1 becoming a station only broadcasting programmes produced in Stockholm and TV2 (the Sweden-Channel) reverting to programming produced across Sweden. The two channels were supposed to compete within the same company.

For many years, TV2 had been the most watched channel in Sweden. A typical early evening on the station would include talk shows from different cities around the country, followed by regional news and Rapport, the most watched news programme in the country. However, by 1994, commercial rival TV4 had become the largest channel.

With increasing competition from commercial channels, SVT joined its channels together again and renamed them as SVT1 and SVT2 in 1996. The previous arrangement of broadcasting programmes from the Swedish regions was abolished and it was possible to broadcast any program on either of the channels. Because of that, Aktuellt at 6 o'clock was moved to SVT2.

In 2001 SVT2 was extensively revamped with a new on-air look and new programming schedules. Rapport was moved to SVT1 and the 9 o'clock Aktuellt, which had a smaller audience, was moved to SVT2. Many other popular shows where also moved from SVT2 to SVT1 (such as Expedition: Robinson). These changes made SVT2 more specialist in nature and less watched than before.

Programming schedules on SVT2 were changed once again in 2003, in an attempt to increase the channel's popularity.

As of 2007, Rapport officially brocasted but only weekdays at 4:00 pm, 6:55 pm, 10:25 pm (after the Regional News on weekdays) and weekends at 11:45 pm.

Programme menu from 2005.

On-screen continuity

From December 1969 until January 2005, SVT2 utilised live in-vision continuity presenters. The practice was scrapped and replaced by pre-recorded voice overs and a greater use of idents.


Programming on SVT2 is generally more specialist than on the primary SVT1. The station's output consists of most cultural programming, programming for minorities for speakers of Sami language, Finnish language and Sign language, some independent film and regional opt-out programming.

SVT2 does not broadcast 24 hours. It broadcasts on weekdays at 9:00 am, 9.30 a.m. or 11:00 am to approximately 12.00 a.m, 12.30 a.m., 1.00 a.m., 1.30 a.m. or approximately 3.00 am. For Saturdays, it also broadcast in the morning or afternoon at 11.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 12.30p.m., 1.00 p.m. or approximately 3.15 p.m. to approximately 12.00 a.m. or approximately 3.00 am. For Sundays, it also broadcast at 8.00 a.m. with Bolibompa until 8.25 am to approximately 12.30 am or approximately 3.00 am while SVT1 broadcast round-the-clock.

At 5.25 p.m., SVT2 begins broadcasting with three minority-language news bulletins Ođđasat, Nyhetstecken and Uutiset followed by a regional news update and Aktuellt at 6pm. Aktuellt is followed by a 45 minute features slot, usually utilised for chat shows with older audience.

An arts news bulletin Kulturnyheterna airs at 7pm with the main 20-minute regional news bulletin broadcast at 7:10pm. This is followed by another 30 minutes slot with more light programming. Between 8pm and 9pm, various programming is broadcast.

The late evening edition of Aktuellt is shown at 9pm, followed at 9.30 by a half-hour drama and entertainment slot. Sports news (Sportnytt) follows at 10pm and the late regional news is broadcast at 10:15pm. On Tuesday night, SVT2 shows independent films under the title Filmklubben ("The Movie Club"), from 10:25pm.

Regional news

SVT2's regional news services are:

Acquired programming

Acquired programming on SVT2 includes Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, K Street, Parkinson, The Kumars at No. 42, The Wire, Nip/Tuck and Veronica Mars.

See also


  1. ^ (PDF) Årsrapport 2008, Mediamätning i Skandinavien, 

External links

  • SVT (Swedish)

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