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For the second UK commercial television network (sometimes referred to as "ITV2") proposed during the 1960s and 1970s, see Fourth UK television service. ITV2_sentence_0


CountryITV2_header_cell_0_0_0 United KingdomITV2_cell_0_0_1
SloganITV2_header_cell_0_1_0 TV. And then some.ITV2_cell_0_1_1
Picture formatITV2_header_cell_0_3_0 1080i HDTV

(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)ITV2_cell_0_3_1

Timeshift serviceITV2_header_cell_0_4_0 ITV2 +1ITV2_cell_0_4_1
OwnerITV2_header_cell_0_6_0 ITV Digital Channels

(ITV plc)ITV2_cell_0_6_1

Sister channelsITV2_header_cell_0_7_0 ITV

ITV3 ITV4 ITVBe CITVITV2_cell_0_7_1

LaunchedITV2_header_cell_0_9_0 7 December 1998; 22 years ago (1998-12-07)ITV2_cell_0_9_1
WebsiteITV2_header_cell_0_11_0 ITV2_cell_0_11_1
FreeviewITV2_header_cell_0_14_0 Channel 6

Channel 28 (+1)ITV2_cell_0_14_1

Virgin Media (UK)ITV2_header_cell_0_16_0 Channel 115

Channel 116 (+1)

Channel 176 (HD)ITV2_cell_0_16_1
UPC SwitzerlandITV2_header_cell_0_17_0 Channel 206ITV2_cell_0_17_1


Channel 406ITV2_cell_0_18_1
WightFibreITV2_header_cell_0_19_0 Channel 6ITV2_cell_0_19_1
FreesatITV2_header_cell_0_21_0 Channel 113

Channel 114 (+1)ITV2_cell_0_21_1


(UK only)ITV2_header_cell_0_22_0

Channel 118 (HD)

Channel 218 (+1) Channel 816 (SD)ITV2_cell_0_22_1

Astra 2E (28.2°E)ITV2_header_cell_0_23_0 10758 V 22000 5/6

10891 H 22000 5/6 (+1)ITV2_cell_0_23_1

Astra 2G (28.2°E)ITV2_header_cell_0_24_0 11053 H 23000 3/4 (HD)ITV2_cell_0_24_1


Channel arbitraryITV2_cell_0_26_1


Channel 115ITV2_cell_0_27_1
Streaming mediaITV2_header_cell_0_28_0
ITV HubITV2_header_cell_0_29_0 (UK only)ITV2_cell_0_29_1
TVPlayerITV2_header_cell_0_30_0 (UK only)ITV2_cell_0_30_1
Virgin TV AnywhereITV2_header_cell_0_31_0 (UK only)ITV2_cell_0_31_1
Sky GoITV2_header_cell_0_32_0 (UK only)ITV2_cell_0_32_1

ITV2 is a British free-to-air television channel owned by ITV Digital Channels, a division of ITV plc. ITV2_sentence_1

It was launched on 7 December 1998. ITV2_sentence_2

For a number of years, it had the largest audience share after the five analogue terrestrial stations, a claim now held by its sister service ITV3 both of which are freely available to a majority of households. ITV2_sentence_3

The channel is known for American programming such as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries, with adult animated shows Family Guy and American Dad! ITV2_sentence_4 ; repeats of recently aired episodes of soap operas and other entertainment programming from ITV such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale; spin-off shows such as I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp, and original programming such as Celebrity Juice and Love Island. ITV2_sentence_5

History ITV2_section_0

Prior to the launch of Channel 4 in 1982, the name "ITV2" had sometimes been used to refer informally to an envisioned second commercial network in the UK. ITV2_sentence_6

However, the name resurfaced in the late 1990s for very different reasons. ITV2_sentence_7

The launch of digital terrestrial television services in the UK saw each existing analogue terrestrial broadcaster given a slice of bandwidth with which to carry their existing service after analogue switch-off with space left over for new channels. ITV2_sentence_8

Whilst strictly speaking this space belonged to each regional contractor for use within their own region, ITV had undergone a series of buy-outs earlier on in the decade; the three players operating the majority of the network, Granada, Carlton, and United News & Media, jointly launched ITV2 in 1998 to be broadcast to most of the country as a uniform service. ITV2_sentence_9

Whilst free-to-air, it was marketed alongside their own subscription based ONdigital platform. ITV2_sentence_10

Other ITV licensees, SMG, UTV and GMTV launched their own services in the space (see below). ITV2_sentence_11

While ITV2 is now a popular entertainment channel, at its launch in 1998 it was a mixed genre channel. ITV2_sentence_12

Much of the original content in its launch schedule was current affairs related programming fronted by ITV newscasters. ITV2_sentence_13

Katie Derham presented a weekly media programme called Wide Angle, John Suchet fronted a weekly current affairs discussion programme called Who, What, Why, and Trevor McDonald presented an interview series, Trevor McDonald Meets.... Other programmes included Midsomer Murders, Inspector Morse, Judge Judy, omnibus editions of ITV soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street, and a Saturday football results service. ITV2_sentence_14

In June 2004, ITV plc announced that they were going to double the channel's programme budget, and would add more American series and movies. ITV2_sentence_15

On 1 November 2004, in an attempt to launch ITV3 on Sky, ITV2 moved from 175 to 118 on Sky after ITV plc bought GSkyB for £10 million. ITV2_sentence_16

As a result, Plus was permanently closed down, with its EPG slot taken by ITV3. ITV2_sentence_17

ITV plc launched a one-hour timeshift channel of ITV2 on Monday, 30 October 2006. ITV2_sentence_18

The company is looking to its digital channels to shore up revenues as the ITV Network suffers a decline in viewers. ITV2_sentence_19

ITV3 +1 was launched on the same day. ITV2_sentence_20

ITV2 and its one-hour timeshift channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day on 17 March 2008. ITV2_sentence_21

From 11 January 2011, ITV2 +1 on the Freeview platform has changed its broadcasting hours to 7:00 pm until 4:00 am On 1 June 2011, an additional hour was added in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, allowing ITV2 +1 to start at 6:00 pm On 2 August 2011, ITV2 +1 began to broadcast 24 hours a day on Freeview across the UK, using an eleventh stream created on mux A. ITV2_sentence_22

As part of the changes, ITV2 +1 swapped slots on Sky's electronic programme guide with Men & Motors, resulting in the timeshift channel making a significant jump from channel 184 to 131. ITV2_sentence_23

It is now Sky 218. ITV2_sentence_24

GMTV2 programming moved from ITV2 to ITV4. ITV2_sentence_25

The strand continues to be simulcast on the CITV channel. ITV2_sentence_26

On 20 August 2008, ITV2 unveiled a new look. ITV2_sentence_27

The logo was given a 3D look, with six new idents. ITV2_sentence_28

ITV2 was launched on UPC Ireland in the Republic of Ireland on 4 January 2010, marking the first time the channel has been officially available in the country. ITV2_sentence_29

The channel had already been (and remains) available to Irish viewers on free-to-air satellite for some time, however it is still not listed in the Sky electronic programme guide. ITV2_sentence_30

On 1 April 2011, ITV2 was removed from UPC Ireland along with ITV3 and ITV4 due to the expiry of a carriage agreement between UPC and ITV. ITV2_sentence_31

UPC Ireland claim that ITV is not in a position to renegotiate the deal because ITV had struck a deal with another channel provider to provide it with exclusive rights to air certain content from the channels. ITV2_sentence_32

Conversely, UPC Ireland also claims to have been in discussions right up to the last moment to continue broadcasting the channels. ITV2_sentence_33

ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 were restored to the UPC Ireland line-up on 20 December 2011. ITV2_sentence_34

TV3 and its sister channel 3e already hold carriage agreement to air certain ITV content within the Republic of Ireland, alternatively UTV is available within the Republic. ITV2_sentence_35

ITV2 is available along with ITV3 and ITV4 within Switzerland, all three channels are available on SwisscomTV and UPC Cablecom. ITV2_sentence_36

ITV2 was made available on Freeview in the Channel Islands on 29 February 2012, a few months after ITV plc bought Channel Television from Yattendon Group plc. ITV2_sentence_37

Most watched programmes ITV2_section_1

The following is a list of the six most watched shows on ITV2, based on Live +28 data supplied by BARB up to 10 January 2019. ITV2_sentence_38


RankITV2_header_cell_1_0_0 ShowITV2_header_cell_1_0_1 EpisodeITV2_header_cell_1_0_2 Viewers


1ITV2_cell_1_1_0 Love IslandITV2_cell_1_1_1 5.01ITV2_cell_1_1_2 5.90ITV2_cell_1_1_3 3 June 2019ITV2_cell_1_1_4
2ITV2_cell_1_2_0 5.03ITV2_cell_1_2_1 5.74ITV2_cell_1_2_2 5 June 2019ITV2_cell_1_2_3
3ITV2_cell_1_3_0 5.05ITV2_cell_1_3_1 5.69ITV2_cell_1_3_2 7 June 2019ITV2_cell_1_3_3
4ITV2_cell_1_4_0 5.02ITV2_cell_1_4_1 5.60ITV2_cell_1_4_2 4 June 2019ITV2_cell_1_4_3
5ITV2_cell_1_5_0 5.04ITV2_cell_1_5_1 5.55ITV2_cell_1_5_2 6 June 2019ITV2_cell_1_5_3
6ITV2_cell_1_6_0 5.06ITV2_cell_1_6_1 5.44ITV2_cell_1_6_2 9 June 2019ITV2_cell_1_6_3

Awards ITV2_section_2

ITV2 won Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards in 2007 and again in 2013. ITV2_sentence_39

It was also named Non-Terrestrial Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in 2007. ITV2_sentence_40

Criticisms ITV2_section_3

In 2014, the channel was subject to a controversy about one of its shows. ITV2_sentence_41

Dapper Laughs: On The Pull was created by Vine comedian Daniel O'Reilly. ITV2_sentence_42

The show was criticized for promoting violence against women and dubbed by one paper as "a rapist's almanac". ITV2_sentence_43

Due to these criticisms, an online petition for the show's cancellation reaching 68,210 signatures and a sexist joke glorifying rape said by O'Reilly during one of his live shows, ITV chose not to commission a second series. ITV2_sentence_44

A subsequent live tour was also cancelled. ITV2_sentence_45

In the wake of the scandal, Stewart Lee criticized the host's Newsnight apology and said "what kind of person gets banned from ITV2? ITV2_sentence_46

That's like being banned from a pub that's on fire." ITV2_sentence_47

In a 2009 episode of Screenwipe, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker criticized the channel's programming for being nihilistic and called it "a monument to cultural death" and "frighteningly meaningless." ITV2_sentence_48

Subsidiary channels ITV2_section_4

ITV2 +1 ITV2_section_5

ITV2 +1 launched 30 October 2006 along with ITV3 +1 it was allocated channel number 211 on Sky, on 6 May 2008 it was announced that ITV2 +1 would swap with Men & Motors on the Sky EPG making a jump from 184 to 131. ITV2_sentence_49

This channel is often unable to broadcast certain programmes "for legal reasons", but the programme in question might still be listed on the EPG. ITV2_sentence_50

ITV2 +1 currently resides on Sky channel 218, and is also available on Freeview channel 28, Freesat channel 114 and Virgin TV channel 116. ITV2_sentence_51

ITV2 HD ITV2_section_6

ITV2 HD, a high-definition simulcast of ITV2, launched on 7 October 2010 on Sky channel 225. ITV2_sentence_52

The channel was initially available through Sky's pay subscription service in a non-exclusive deal, before being added to Virgin Media's service on 14 March 2013. ITV2_sentence_53

Original HD programming includes entertainment shows, Britain's Got More Talent, The Xtra Factor and I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp; original drama such as the third and fourth series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl; and acquired content including The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl and a range of movies. ITV2_sentence_54

Former local variants ITV2_section_7

S2 ITV2_section_8

Main article: S2 (TV channel) ITV2_sentence_55

S2 was a television station broadcast throughout the Scottish and Grampian ITV regions by SMG plc, the holder of the Scottish and Grampian region ITV franchises. ITV2_sentence_56

S2, which aired on the digital terrestrial platform, was launched 30 April 1999 and closed just over two years later – as part of a deal with ITV Digital – on 27 July 2001. ITV2_sentence_57

By the end of its life, it had lost nearly all of its Scottish programmes and mainly simulcast ITV2, but covered the ITV2 graphic with an opaque S2 graphic. ITV2_sentence_58

UTV2 ITV2_section_9

Main article: UTV2 ITV2_sentence_59

UTV2 was a television station broadcast by Ulster Television on Digital Terrestrial Television in Northern Ireland. ITV2_sentence_60

It was launched in 1999 as TV You. ITV2_sentence_61

The programming consisted primarily of simulcasts with the ITV2 station shown in England, Wales and the Scottish Borders, although they did also use archive broadcasts from UTV. ITV2_sentence_62

UTV2 closed on 22 January 2002 following a deal with ITV Digital and was replaced by the national variant. ITV2_sentence_63

Branding ITV2_section_10

When the channel launched, the logo was very similar in style to the ITV logo at the time and ITV were worried the channel looked just like an extension of ITV and didn't offer anything new. ITV2_sentence_64

It was soon after this that the channel received a complete overhaul along with the other ITV channels in 2006. ITV2_sentence_65

The channel received a new lime green logo, chosen as ITV thought it had a young fresh feel to it. ITV2_sentence_66

The channel also received six new idents which all had names beginning with 'Too' to relate to the 2 in the channel's name. ITV2_sentence_67

They were called; "Too Fast", "Too Hot", "Too Cold, "Too Expensive", "Too Glamorous" and "Too Loud". ITV2_sentence_68

Each of the idents were made up of a mix of shades of green to match the channel's logo. ITV2_sentence_69

In 2008, the channel received another new look. ITV2_sentence_70

The green logo was kept but edited. ITV2_sentence_71

The channel now had a new 3D logo to try to make the channel look more modern and appealing to a younger audience. ITV2_sentence_72

During Newcastle United's run in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, the channel was rebranded as ITV Toon on matchdays, referring to the club's nickname the Toon. ITV2_sentence_73

The channel's yellow and blue idents changed to black and white, to match the club's colours. ITV2_sentence_74

In line with the corporate rebranding of ITV, ITV2 received a new look on 14 January 2013. ITV2_sentence_75

The channel's slogan became "the home of infectious entertainment", and received a "hot red" version of the logo and red on-screen identity including new idents. ITV2_sentence_76

ITV2 presentation was given a refresh on 12 August 2015, with new branding, idents, the introduction of gif style bite-sized promos, and a re-boot of the channel's social feeds, spanning YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with the launch of new ITV2 channels on Snapchat and Tumblr. ITV2_sentence_77

As part of the refresh, the logo kept its previous state but was changed colour from hot red to turquoise. ITV2_sentence_78

Programming ITV2_section_11

Main article: List of television programmes broadcast by ITV2 ITV2_sentence_79

Current programming ITV2_section_12


Former programmes ITV2_section_13

This list is incomplete. ITV2_sentence_80


On-air identity ITV2_section_14


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