In the past few weeks, I have noticed that ABC2 has gone from a closing time of around midnight to around 2am now. That’s an extra 2 hours of ABC2 viewing completely free of charge!
This means that ABC2 is now only off the air for 3.5 hours from 2am to 5.30am – which is only little more than the main commercial channels given that the three of them play three hours of infomercials from around 1am till 4am nightly (although it is less on weekends).
ABC2 kicks off daily at 5.30am with repeats of “Can We Help”, followed by ABC2 News Breakfast from 6am – 9am. From 9am – 6pm, ABC2 carries nothing but programming for pre-schoolers offering a wide range of shows targeted to the under 5 year olds.
After 6pm, ABC2 returns to older audiences with a variety of shows including repeats of some ABC1 shows. Recently, ABC2 have added the Daily Show and the Colbert Report to weeknights. Both are also seen on Pay TV’s Comedy Channel. Scrapheap Challenge remains one of ABC2’s highest rating shows at 6.30pm weeknights, with the Daily Show with Jon Stewart following just after 7.15 and the Colbert Report at 7.40pm.
Meanwhile, dedicated children’s channel ABC3 remains on air for just 15 hours a day from 6am – 9pm (even on weekends) catering for 6-14 year olds.