TV 2 (Denmark)
TV 2 is a publicly owned television station
Television station
A television station is a business, organisation or other such as an amateur television operator that transmits content over terrestrial television. A television transmission can be by analog television signals or, more recently, by digital television. Broadcast television systems standards are...

 in Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

 based in Odense
The city of Odense is the third largest city in Denmark.Odense City has a population of 167,615 and is the main city of the island of Funen...

. The station began broadcasting on 1 October 1988, thereby ending the television monopoly previously exercised by the Danmarks Radio (DR).

TV 2 has five subsidiary stations known as TV 2 Zulu
TV 2 Zulu
TV 2 Zulu is a Danish television station which started broadcasting on 15 October 2000. It is primarily aimed at viewers between 15 and 30 years of age....

, targeted at the youth, TV 2 Charlie
TV 2 Charlie
TV 2 Charlie is a Danish television channel owned by TV 2. It was launched on 1 October 2004. The channel is primarily aimed at audiences over 50. It broadcasts from 13:00 in the afternoon to 01:00 in the night, and is available by cable and satellite only...

, oriented towards older audiences, TV 2 News
TV 2 News
TV 2 News is a Danish language television news channel which started broadcasting on 1 December 2006...

, a 24-hour news channel (launched on 1 December 2006), TV 2 Film
TV 2 Film
TV 2 Film is a 24-hour two star movie channel owned by TV 2.It was launched on November 1, 2005 at 9 p.m. First to air was Danish feature film The Green Butchers....

, a non-stop movie channel (launched on 1 November 2005), and TV 2 Sport
TV 2 Sport
If a channel named TV 2 launches a sports channel, it is likely that this channel will be called TV 2 Sport:*TV 2 Sport , owned by TV 2 and Modern Times Group*TV 2 Sport , owned by TV 2 and Telenor...

, a dedicated sports channel, as well as the internet-based pay-per-view
Pay-per-view provides a service by which a television audience can purchase events to view via private telecast. The broadcaster shows the event at the same time to everyone ordering it...

 channel TV 2 Sputnik
TV 2 Sputnik
TV 2 Sputnik is a TV 2 On demand Channel. This channel rebroadcasts programs from TV 2, TV 2 Zulu and TV 2 Charlie.This is a pay channel, and is only broadcast on the Internet....

 which started broadcasting in December 2004.

TV 2 has about 1,000 employees and a revenue of 1.9 billion DKK (2006). The station has been a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union
European Broadcasting Union
The European Broadcasting Union is a confederation of 74 broadcasting organisations from 56 countries, and 49 associate broadcasters from a further 25...

 since 1990.

On 23 August 2006 TV 2 acquired at an auction the FM radio license relinquished by Sky Radio (part of Rupert Murdoch's Australia-based News Corporation
News Corporation
News Corporation or News Corp. is an American multinational media conglomerate. It is the world's second-largest media conglomerate as of 2011 in terms of revenue, and the world's third largest in entertainment as of 2009, although the BBC remains the world's largest broadcaster...

) when it closed down its Danish operations in November 2005. The auction lasted 20 minutes, and TV 2's winning bid was worth 23,000,000 DKK.

From 1 November 2009 all Danish television became digital (over a time of a single second) with DVB-T and MPEG4 standard. TV2 did not encode their main channel, but TV2 Zulu, TV2 Charlie, TV2 Film, TV2 News and TV2 Sport now need payment cards to be decoded.

From its start, it has been possible to receive the main channel (TV2) outside of Denmark, primarily in southernmost Sweden and northernmost Germany (where a Danish minority
Danish minority of Southern Schleswig
The Danish ethnic minority in Southern Schleswig, Germany, has existed by this name since 1920, when the Schleswig Plebiscite split German-ruled Schleswig into two parts: Northern Schleswig, with a Danish majority and a German minority was united with Denmark, while Southern Schleswig remained a...

 lives), but from 11 January 2012 TV2 has decided to encode its main channel. This implies great difficulties for their viewers in Germany and Sweden. The main problem is that subscribers need a Danish postal address for ordering a decoder card. The channel has, however, declared that it aims at some kind of solution to this problem, as TV2 Danmark is considered a "traditional channel" in the non-Danish territories described.
TV 2 Region Area Served |
TV Syd  Southern Jutland
Jutland , historically also called Cimbria, is the name of the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark. It has the North Sea to its west, Kattegat and Skagerrak to its north, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Danish–German...

 including Southern Schleswig
Southern Schleswig
Southern Schleswig denotes the southern half of the former Duchy of Schleswig on the Jutland Peninsula. The geographical area today covers the thirty or forty northernmost kilometers of Germany up to the Flensburg Fjord, where it borders on Denmark...

TV 2/Fyn
TV 2/Fyn
TV 2/Fyn is one of the eight regional television stations associated with TV 2/Danmark, covering the island of Funen.It was the second TV 2 station established and started broadcasting on 10 January 1989...

Funen , with a size of 2,984 km² , is the third-largest island of Denmark following Zealand and Vendsyssel-Thy, and the 163rd largest island of the world. Funen is located in the central part of the country and has a population of 454,358 inhabitants . The main city is Odense, connected to the...

TV 2/Øst  Eastern Zealand
TV 2/Nord
TV2/Nord is one of TV 2's eight regional services. The service's headquarters are in Aabybro although it has had previous offices in Frederikshavn, Hjørring and Hobro. The station broadcasts news and other content. It broadcasts to people in the northern part of Jutland and in the Faroe Islands....

Northern Jutland
Jutland , historically also called Cimbria, is the name of the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark. It has the North Sea to its west, Kattegat and Skagerrak to its north, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Danish–German...

 and Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland...

TV 2/Lorry  North Zealand and Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

TV/Midt-Vest  Central and Western Jutland
Jutland , historically also called Cimbria, is the name of the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark. It has the North Sea to its west, Kattegat and Skagerrak to its north, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Danish–German...

TV 2/Østjylland
TV 2/Østjylland
TV 2 | ØSTJYLLAND is one of eight regional TV-stations in the TV 2 network in Denmark. The station was founded in 1990, and the first news broadcast was made on 1 April the same year...

Eastern Jutland
Jutland , historically also called Cimbria, is the name of the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark. It has the North Sea to its west, Kattegat and Skagerrak to its north, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Danish–German...

TV 2/Bornholm  Bornholm
Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea located to the east of the rest of Denmark, the south of Sweden, and the north of Poland. The main industries on the island include fishing, arts and crafts like glass making and pottery using locally worked clay, and dairy farming. Tourism is...

Programming aired by TV2

On weekdays, TV 2 starts with Go'morgen Danmark (Literally: Good Morning Denmark), Denmark's only breakfast talkshow on national TV.

At 11 a.m. they hand over to the regions who broadcast to 12:30 (with an interruption for national news). That is followed by TV 2's afternoon programming that mostly consists of American drama series and sitcoms. The regional stations also broadcast bulletins in the afternoon and evening, as well as a longer newscast at 19.30.

TV 2's main national newscasts are shown at 19:00 and 22:00 but bulletins in the morning (first newscast at 7:00), at noon, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00 have been added over the years.

The foreign programs that have aired on TV 2 include:
  • Friends
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  • Hope & Faith
    Hope & Faith
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  • Joey
  • The King of Queens
    The King of Queens
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  • Cheers
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  • Ally McBeal
    Ally McBeal
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  • Reba
    Reba (TV series)
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  • Californication
    Californication (TV series)
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  • Dirty Sexy Money
    Dirty Sexy Money
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  • Desperate Housewives
    Desperate Housewives
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  • Beverly Hills, 90210
    Beverly Hills, 90210
    Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently on various networks around the world. It is the first series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise...

  • The Sopranos
    The Sopranos
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  • Six Feet Under
  • 24
    24 (TV series)
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  • Commander in Chief
    Commander in Chief (TV series)
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  • Jericho
    Jericho (TV series)
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  • Lie to Me
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Most shows not produced in Denmark are shown in their original language with Danish subtitling, however animated series aimed at children are shown dubbed into Danish.


Historically TV2 was funded by television license fees and advertising sales. However, although the regional channels are still partly funded this way, funding by television license for the main channel ended in July 2004.

This form of double financing, along with a large injection of capital (to cover a deficit of 1 billion DKK (€134 million)) from the Danish State, is currently under investigation by the EU; accusations being that the dual funding has constituted illegal state aid.

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