TVes is a Venezuelan public television channel. Its name is short for Televisora Venezolana Social (Venezuelan Social Television) and is pronounced ("te ves"), meaning you see yourself. It replaced the signal of Radio Caracas Television on Channel 2 on Monday, May 28, 2007, and began broadcasting at 12:20 am local time . The Venezuelan government had refused to renew RCTV's broadcasting license and instead determined to create a new channel from part of RCTV's infrastructure. The new channel, in contrast with RCTV, is state-owned. According to the government, TVes aims to portray the identity of Venezuelans, hence the pronunciation of the station's name meaning you see yourself.
The station is managed by the Venezuelan Social Television Foundation (Fundacion Televisora Venezolana Social), a foundation established under Presidential Decree 5394, published in the Gaceta Official government gazette on 11 May 2007. The Foundation has its own funds and separate legal identity (personalidad juridica y patrimonio propio) and is attached to the Ministry of Communications and Information. Its initial funding came entirely from the Ministry, but in future years will receive an allocation from the federal budget, together with such other donations and earnings it receives. The Foundation is based in Caracas but may conduct business throughout the republic and abroad.
Presidencia crea Fundacion Televisora Venezolana Social, Las Noticias de Cojedes, 14 May 2007.
The members of the Foundation's board were sworn in by Vice President Jorge Rodriguez on 21 May 2007. The board members are Tarik Souki Farias, Roberto Hernandez Montoya, Asalia Venegas, Rafaela Cusati, Maria Alejandra Diaz Marin, Nelin Escalante, Amilio Ezequiel Gonzalez, Jorge Morales and Manuel Fernando, with journalist and broadcaster Lil Rodriguez serving as its president.
As of today, the station has been broadcasting with RCTV's former equipment, which was expropriated by the government without compensation.
TVes has planned a schedule with many different types of programming, including news, sports, movies, music, drama and children's shows. The network says it will reflect Venezuela's social diversity and provide a forum for independent producers. TVes will also air content from the National Geographic Channel on weekday mornings.
TVes director Asalia Venegas said the new network should bring Venezuelan television closer to a European model, in which the state takes an active role in education and cultural promotion, as opposed to the commercial television of U.S. capitalism.
In its first month of operation, the channel has shown a wide range of programmes from countries all around the world, including French cartoons, Brazilian puppet shows, Argentinian soaps and Soviet films . In June 2007, TVes held its first major event as the official network of the Copa America football tournament, which is being held in the country.
Even though the station operates on a 24-hour schedule, the TVes plays the national anthem three times a day
While ratings figure are not yet available, The Economist claimed in July 2007, two months after the channel was founded, that TVes has failed to catch on with Venezuelans, with the station struggling to reach 10% of RCTV's viewers.
In February 2009 the former director of TVes, Esteban Trapiello, raised accusations of corruption at the current management.
Televisora Venezolana Social (Venezuelan Social Broadcasting)
YouTube video of a protest against the closure of RCTV
Rally in support of the RCTV closure and the opening of TVes.
First 24 minutes of TVes broadcast
Information on TVes from the Venezuelan Communications Ministry
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