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Globovision is a 24-hour television news network in Venezuela. It broadcasts over-the-air in Caracas, Aragua, Carabobo and Zulia on UHF channel 33. Globovision is seen in the rest of Venezuela on cable or satellite and worldwide from their website. Some of Globovision's programs can be seen in the United States on cable network Canal Sur and TV Venezuela, a channel offered in DirecTV's Para Todos package.
On December 1, 1994, Luis Teofilo Nunez Arismendi, Guillermo Zuloaga Nunez, Nelson Mezerhane Gosen, and Alberto Federico Ravell Arreaza, inaugurated Globovision, channel 33, the first 24-hour news network in Venezuela to broadcast over-the-air. Currently, Globovision is broadcast over the air in Caracas,Aragua, Carabobo and Zulia. Globovision's programming is also carried by 95 percent of the nation's cable systems.
Domestically, Globovision has affiliations with Promar TV, TV Los Llanos, TV Guayana, the Televisora Regional del Tachira, TVS, Televisora de Oriente, Televisora Andina de Merida, Amavision, Sol TV, and community stations in Orituco, Macuro, and Santa Elena de Uairen.
Overseas, Globovision has affiliations with CNN en Espanol, RCN, Canal A, Canal N, Panamericana Television, Canal Sur, Canal 13, Todo Noticias, Monte Carlo Television, Canal 4, Canal 8, and Ecuavisa.
Most of the shows seen on Globovision are national productions. They include:
Alo Ciudadano - A call-in show hosted by Leopoldo Castillo. This program is also simulcasted on the Circuito Nacional Belfort (CNB) radio network and is co-hosted by Sheina Chang and Andreina Fuenmayor.
Tocando Fondo - A talk show, hosted by Carlos Acosta (former co-host of Alo Ciudadano), seen on Saturdays at 8pm.
Entre Noticias - A weekend news show hosted by Diana Carolina Ruiz.
Plomovision - A documentary series hosted by Johnny Ficarella. This program's name originated from an epithet given to the channel by President Hugo Chavez.
Primera Pagina - A morning news show hosted by Aymara Lorenzo, Jose Vicente Antonetti, Roberto Giusti, Julio Cesar Pineda, Rebecca Moreno, and Andreina Gandica. It comes on at 6am on weekdays. Jose Domingo Blanco and Nathaly Salas Guaithero once hosted this show. It was originally hosted by Julio Cesar Camacho.
En la Manana - Another morning news show hosted by William Echeverria.
Biografias - A documentary series on famous Venezuelan personalities hosted by Mackey Arenas.
En Vivo - A live news show hosted by Alba Cecilia Mujica.
Titulares de Manana - A show which reveals the front pages of tomorrow's newspapers in Venezuela. This show was originally hosted by Orlando Urdaneta. Orlando Urdaneta then changed the program's name to La Hora de Orlando in 2003. After he left Globovision in 2004, the name was reverted back to "Titulares de Manana" with Pedro Luis Flores as its host.
Noticias Globovision - The network's main newscast, anchored by Gladys Rodriguez, Juan Eleazar Figallo, Alejandro Marcano Santelli, Alba Cecilia Mujica, and Diana Carolina Ruiz. It has several daily broadcasts.
Grado 33 A news documentary series hosted by Norberto Mazza and Maria Elena Lavaud. This program is very critical of the Chavez government.
Tremenda Fuente - An afternoon news show hosted by Elizabeth Fuentes.
35MM - One of the few non-political shows on Globovision, it contains the latest news on upcoming Hollywood movies and is hosted by Victor X. Another show that is similar to this is Faranduleando, which contains celebrity news.
Es Noticia - A morning news show.
Alta Densidad - A technology news show hosted by Carlos Jose Monzon. [*]
Sin Flash TV - A show, hosted by beauty queen Federica Guzman, about the currently most popular nightclubs and discotheques in Venezuela.
Deportes Globovision - Globovision's sports show hosted by Aloys Marin.
Asi Cocina Soucy - A cooking and gourmet show hosted by Hector Soucy.
Buenas Noches - An evening talk show hosted by Francisco (Kico) Bautista, Carla Angola, and Roland Carreno.
Yo Prometo - A Sunday news show hosted by Nitu Perez Osuna.
Fun Race - A documentary series on 4X4s hosted by Goizeder Azua.
Los Profesionales - A show where various professionals are interviewed about their careers.
Emision Juvenil de Noticias Globovision - A just-for-teenagers version of Noticias Globovision hosted by Jorge Luis Perez Valery and Luis Anibal Velasquez. It airs Mondays starting at 2:30pm and Tuesday through Friday starting at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Both guys also host Los Ninos en la Calle on Saturdays starting at 5pm.
Criticism and controversies
Globovision has been criticized by many different sectors in particular Chavez's government, where they accuse this channel of manipulating information, conspiracy, giving air time to the opposition (but not to the government), and racism, to name a few. Globovision, during the de facto government of Pedro Carmona, refused to show pro-Chavez demonstrations demanding the resignation of Carmona or the looting that occurred on April 12 and 13, 2002 (in contrast with the international media).
News on corruption and abuse regarding Chavez and the Government are aired on a daily basis in Globovision. The Washington Post, in an article covering the Chavez government's refusal to renew the license of Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), reported that "[f]ree expression is exercised in Venezuela. Another influential television station, Globovision, lambastes the Chavez government frequently ... "Forero, Juan. . "Pulling the Plug on Anti-Chavez TV". Retrieved January 18, 2007. Globovision is able to broadcast outside of Venezuela, and does so through satellite television. The channel can currently be seen in most Latin American countries as a 24-hour news channel. Nevertheless, Globovision has been the target of violent assaults to their equipment and journalists at various pro-government marches and protests. Additionally, microwave equipment, which allows for live transmissions, has been seized by the Government in the past. (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), October 6, 2003). "IFEX :: Television station's equipment confiscated".Retrieved February 10, 2008.
This channel had major coverage of the take over of Plaza Francia in Altamira (a neighborhood in the eastern part of Caracas) by a group of military officers that opposed Chavez. Over the next year, Globovision would transmit, with great frequency, any news that occurred in this specific plaza. They also had major coverage of the general strike of 2002 and 2003, in which they supported the opposition in pressuring the resignation of Chavez.
On May 29, 2007, President Chavez claimed during a speech that Globovision had been actively encouraging civil unrest in Venezuela, as well as his assassination. His claim on the latter was based on broadcast footage of the attempted murder of Pope John Paul II (which was part of a series of pictures showing RCTV's historical news coverage) in combination with a song titled "Esto no termina aqui" ("This does not end here"). The Venezuelan Government proceeded to file a complaint against Globovision with the Attorney General Office on this matter. Venezuelan students marched in the streets to protest the closure of RCTV and threats to Globovision. Globovision's director, Alberto Ravell, said, "We are not going to change our editorial line that we are not afraid of the threats from this government."
Globovision has also received direct shutdown threats by Chavez. On June 2, 2007, during a large public congregation of PSUV supporters at which Chavez was the main speaker, Globovision and other channels received threats of potential shutdown in the future. In his speech, Chavez said that any channel can have its transmission concession withdrawn even before it expires, if it doesn't abide by the country's Constitution or laws.
On August 3, 2009, a small group of militant members of a pro-Chavez party, the United for Venezuela Party (UPV), attacked the headquarters of Globovision. They fired tear gas into the compound and clashed with police. On 4 August the government arrested the attackers, and Chavez condemned the attacks.Venezuelanalysis, 4 August 2009, Venezuelan Government Arrests Suspect in Attack on Globovision Television Station
In , Venezuela's telecommunications regulator launched four different investigations into the Globovision. A report about an earthquake before an official report later made on the official government channel and not paying $2.3 million tax for giving free airtime to anti-government groups during a 2002 oil strike were two of the accusations in the investigations. Chavez demanded sanctions against Globovision, calling station director Alberto Federico Ravell "a crazy man with a cannon". This action was criticized by two officials who monitor freedom of speech, Frank La Rue of the United Nations and Catalina Botero of the OAS.
Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Inter American Press Association, the International Press Institute, the United States Department of State, Reporters without Borders, representatives of the Catholic Church, and others have protested the investigation and Chavez's infringement on press freedom in Venezuela.
List of Venezuelan over-the-air television networks and stations
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