|Launched||5 May 1975 (test transmission)|
6 January 1976 (start of regular broadcasts, as SABC TV/SAUK-TV)
1 January 1982 (as TV1)
4 February 1996 (as SABC 2)
|Owned by||South African Broadcasting Corporation|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i, SDTV)|
|Broadcast area||South Africa|
|Headquarters||SABC Television Park, Uitsaaisentrum, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Replaced||SABC TV / SAUK-TV|
|Sister channel(s)||SABC 1|
|Sentech||Channel depends on nearest Sentech repeater|
|OpenView HD||Channel 102|
It was founded on 6 January 1976 under the name SABC TV / SAUK TV. On 1 January 1982, it changed its name to TV1. On the same day, two services were introduced, TV2 broadcasting in Zulu and Xhosa and TV3 broadcasting in Sotho and Tswana, both targeted at a Black urban audience. The main channel, now called TV1, was divided evenly between English and Afrikaans, as before. In 1985, a new service called TV4 was introduced, carrying sports and entertainment programming, using the channel shared by TV2 and TV3, which stopped broadcasting at 9:30pm.
In 1992, TV2, TV3 and TV4 were combined into a new service called CCV (Contemporary Community Values). A third channel was introduced known as TSS, or TopSport Surplus, TopSport being the brand name for the SABC's sport coverage, but this was replaced by NNTV (National Network TV), an educational, non-commercial channel, in 1994. In 1996, the SABC reorganised its three TV channels with the aim of making them more representative of the various language groups. These new channels were called SABC 1, SABC 2 and SABC 3.
After the SABC restructured its television channels, SABC 2 took the place of the old TV1 channel. The reduced prominence of Afrikaans angered many speakers of the language, although the channel still features a significant amount of Afrikaans programming, including a news broadcast every week night at 19:00 and weekends at 18:00.
M-Net seeing the market need, launched the Afrikaans subscription channel KykNet in 1999 and followed in 2005 with the music channel MK (originally known as MK89.) In 2009, M-Net launched Koowee, a kids channel broadcasting in Afrikaans.
Soapies, Dramas and TelenovelasEdit
The channel is popular for its two longest-running soapies 7de Laan and Muvhango, dramas such as Erfsonders, Gerramtes in die Kas, Roer Jouy Voete and 90 Plein Street, and Telenovelas such as Keeping Score and Giyani: Land of Blood.
SABC 2 has in the past, broadcast international series such as NCIS, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Wolf and The Vampire Diaries. However the channel is currently focused on local reality and actuality series such as Speak Out, Relate, and Saving Our Marriage, comedies like Ga Re Dumele and Ke Ba Bolleletse, and a few international series such as American Ninja Warrior.
Talk and MagazineEdit
The channel has a small number of talk, travel and magazine shows. Shows include Motswako, Vusaseki, Nhlalala ya Rixaka, 50/50, Voetspore and TalkAbility.
SABC 2 plays local afro-soul and pop music interludes in between shows. It also has music shows such as Afro Cafè, Soul'd Out Sessions, Kliphard, Musiek Roulette and Noot vir Noot.
The channel has religious shows aimed at Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. Local shows include longest running show It's Gospel Time, Gospel Classics, Psalted Simcha, Derech Erets, and Issues of Faith.
SABC 2 rarely broadcasts live sports due to funding issues, and instead focuses on sporting highlights. Its mostly focused on boxing, rugby, swimming and athletics.
News and Current AffairsEdit
The channel provides three primetime bulletins for the Tshivenda/Xitsonga, Afrikaans, and SeSotho/SeTswana/Sepedi languages. In addition, it has current affairs programs like Fokus, Ngula Ya Vutivi, Zwa Maramani and Leihlo La Sechaba. It also airs the longest-running breakfast show Morning Live. It's known for national events like presidential inaugurations, State of the Nation Address, Budget Speeches, and parliamentary events.
The channel is known for family-friendly and dramatic movies, autobiographies and animated movies.
Youth and EducationEdit
SABC 2 has a roster of shows from its SABC Education slate, most notably Takalani Sesame, It's For Life, The Epic Hangout, etc and also brings educational shows on how to manage money and a focus on senior citizens, as well as other children's shows from Disney Junior, either in their original English soundtrack or dubbed in South African languages like The Lion Guard in isiZulu, Ben 10 in Afrikaans and Doc McStuffins in Sesotho. For teens and preteens it offers comedy series from Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, such as ICarly, True Jackson, VP, A.N.T. Farm, and Cookabout, as well as local series like Signal High, Snake Park and Hectic Nine-9. Content that is most watched amongst the youth is the 17:00 slot, for airing anime series from Toei Animation and TV Tokyo, notably airing popular series that have a cult following such as Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece and Bleach.
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