TV 2 (Denmark)

TV 2 is a government-owned subscription television station in Denmark based in Odense, Funen.

TV 2 Danmark
TypeSusbscription-TV network through terrestrial television
First air date
30 May 1986 (test broadcast)
1 October 1988 (official broadcast)
AvailabilityMainland Denmark and Faroe Islands (through subscription)
Sweden and Norway (pay-TV)
Founded30 May 1986
by The Danish Parliament
HeadquartersKvægtorvet, Odense
OwnerDanish Ministry of Culture
Key people
Merete Eldrup (CEO)
Official website
Official Website


Since 1949, Danmarks Radio had been the sole provider of television in Denmark,[1] wanting to end the monopoly, the Danish Parliament voted on 30 May 1986, to create TV2, as a second choice for public service television. Upon its establishment, it had first begun its experimental test transmissions[2], and then, two years later, it had therefore commenced its official broadcast on 1 October 1988, with its first program being Danish Symphony which is broadcast at 17:00, followed by the news at 19:30.[2]


From 1 November 2009 all Danish television broadcasting became digital with DVB-T and MPEG4 standard. At the time, TV 2 did not encrypt their main channel, but TV 2 ZULU, TV 2 CHARLIE, TV 2 FRI, TV 2 NEWS and TV 2 SPORT are subscription only channels.

Although TV 2 has been broadcast terrestrially in the clear ever since the channel was launched, from 11 January 2012, it started to encrypt its main channel with a monthly subscription charge of 12.50 Danish Kroner required to be paid, along with the purchase or rental of a decoder[3]

In southernmost Sweden and northernmost Germany (where a Danish minority lives), this means significant difficulties for their viewers in Germany and Sweden, as subscribers need a Danish postal address for ordering a decoder card. However, the channel is still available in Sweden through subscription to pay-TV services such as Com Hem and Telia.[4][5]


TV 2 RegionArea Served
TV SydSouthern Jutland including Southern Schleswig
TV 2/FynFunen
TV 2/ØstWestern Zealand
TV 2/NordNorthern Jutland, Greenland and Faroe Islands
TV 2/LorryNorth Zealand and Copenhagen
TV/Midt-VestCentral and Western Jutland
TV 2/ØstjyllandEastern Jutland
TV 2/BornholmBornholm


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

At 11:00 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 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00 have been added over the years.

In common with other TV channels in Denmark, most foreign programmes on TV 2, as well as interviews originally conducted in a foreign language (e.g. for news and current affairs programming), are shown in their original language with Danish subtitles, the exception being animated series aimed at children which are dubbed.


Historically TV 2 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.

See also


  1. "Denmark – Culture – Mass Media". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  2. TV2. "Historical Milestones". TV2 (in Danish). Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  3. "The Copenhagen Post - Danish News in English". Retrieved 3 April 2018.
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