Rai 2 (until May 2010 known as Rai Due) is the second public television channel broadcast by Italian state-owned broadcaster RAI. Rai 2 first started broadcasting on 4 November 1961. In the 1980s it was known for its political affiliation to the Italian Socialist Party; in recent years it has shifted its focus towards the youth with the airing of talk shows, reality television, drama series, sitcoms and infotainment; its direct competitor to Mediaset’s Italia 1.
The channel launched its own HD feed by late September 2013 on pay television. The feed entered on DTT in September 2016.