Tunisia - Wataniya 2 Live

The French, who wanted to set up the squadron for the second ORTF channel in Tunisia in 1966, met with the refusal of the Tunisian authorities. In 1969, ORTF officials agreed to fund the creation of a second French-language Tunisian channel, equip a studio equipped with photometric means of transmission at RTT headquarters, and install four transmitters and repeaters in the capital and in the north of the country. The project stalled and the agreement was not signed until 1982.

The decree of December 25, 19822 provides for the creation of a sub-directorate of the international chain within the Directorate of Television, which will “ensure the design, programming, production and distribution of programs in French”.

Officially launched on June 12, 1983 at 8:30 p.m. with the national anthem, RTT 2 was broadcast daily between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to midnight) from Studio 12 of the RTT home. Aside from its television news, however, the station had no budget or means of production of its own.

10% of the total Tunisian television budget allocated to him was mainly used to pay his staff. Added to this was the unattractive programming. For lack of liveliness and spontaneity, the managers of the second channel are forced to choose programs from French public channels and TV5. A study conducted in 1988 certifies RTT 2 a weekly rating of 20%.

The channel disappeared in 1989 when its signal was transferred to the relays of France's second television channel, Antenne 2 (which became France 2 in 1992), until the end of October 1999, Canal 21 (which has been broadcasting daily on the same channel since 1994) for more than two hours) gets exclusive use of the network.

A year after the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union in 1989 and a few months after the disappearance of RTT 2, whose technical means were no longer used, it was decided to launch the Arab Maghreb Channel to promote the pro-Maghreb orientation of the Tunisian government to underline .

Since the second UHF channel is now used for broadcasting from antenna 2, the choice falls on the VHF channel used since August 1960 for broadcasting Rai Uno programs in Tunisia. Italian broadcasting on this VHF channel has to be interrupted for almost three hours a day. They are not cut on the UHF channels that cover the entire Tunisian territory.

Around 1993, given the stagnation of the Maghreb process and low viewership (particularly because its broadcasting area was limited to Tunis), the channel was renamed Tunis 2 and adopted a more 'Tunisian' orientation. However, the lineup still consisted mostly of repeats.

The canal disappeared on November 6, 1994 when Canal 21 was created; Studio 12, used by Tunis 2, must be used to produce programs for the new channel. Tunis 2 and Rai Uno VHF channel will be permanently discontinued on this date.

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