1964 the NZBC formally asked the government for the
approval of a second television channel, but it was
turned down as the priority was to complete primary
coverage around the country before any additional
services were offered.
In 1970 an enquiry
was began into the need for a second channel, and by 1971
two proposals were being considered; the NZBC's 2nd non
commertial channel and the Independent Television
Corporation. The Broadcasting Authority was in favour of
Independent Television's bid, but in 1972 the Labour
Party came into power and awarded the licence to NZBC
before any formal hearings could take place. $50,000
compensation was eventually awarded to the losing
On 1 April 1975, the NZBC was split into 3 seperate state
owned corporations; Television One, Television Two and Radio New
Zealand. The Avalon Television Centre in Wellington
opened that day and became the headquarters of TV One.
WNTV1 and DNTV2 studios were used for TV One, while AKTV2
Auckland and CHTV3 Christchurch studios were used for TV
TV Two began broadcasting in Auckland and Christchurch on
30 June 1975, opening with a Telethon for the St. John's
Ambulance Service. Wellington coverage began in November.
As there was only one national link, and TV One had
priority, TV Two used the link overnight to feed the next
days programmes between Auckland and Christchurch so they
could be broadcast simultaneously.
In 1976 Television Two was renamed South Pacific
In 1980 South Pacific Television (which changed back to
TV2) and TV One were merged to form Television
(TVNZ), with the promise of 'complementary programming'.
In 1981, tendors were called for the supply of programmes
for TV2's morning slot. The following year Northern
Television began producing programmes as the first
private enterprise TV broadcaster in the country. In 1983
however, Northern TV was forced to close due to high
costs and low advertising revenue.
The government debated selling TV2 to a private
enterprise in 1983, but it never actually happened.
In November 1989 TV2 rebranded itself 'Channel 2', but in
1995 it went back to calling itself TV2.
On 19 October 1994 the famous Goodnight Kiwi went to air
for the last time, as the following night TV2 began 24
On 1 December 2001, both TVNZ channels commenced
broadcasting on the Sky Digital Satellite service.