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Venezolana de Television

Corporacion Venezolana de Television or VTV is a state-owned television network based in Caracas, Venezuela, which can be seen throughout the country on channel eight.


Cadena Venezolana de Television (CVTV) was inaugurated as a privately-owned television station on August 1, 1964, at 7:30 p.m. President Raul Leoni was chosen to be the one to cut the ribbon. Despite its name, however, it was not a nationwide television network.

In September 1974, CVTV, after prolonged financial problems due to its competition with the better established privately-owned television networks in Venezuela, Radio Caracas Television and Venevision, was purchased by the Venezuelan government and rebranded as Venezolana de Television (VTV).

Between 1974 and 1980, VTV was funded in whole by the government, but due to an internal economic crisis, VTV was forced to air advertisements for extra revenue (this has no longer been occurring since Hugo Chavez became president in 1999).

After June 1, 1980, VTV, as well as the other television networks in Venezuela, were allowed, by the government of President Luis Herrera Campins, to transmit completely in color.

In 1989, VTV, after a government decision to close the Televisora Nacional, the other state-owned television channel in Venezuela, began simulcasting on channel 5, system M, color NTSC. This simulcast lasted until December 4, 1998, when the government handed over the signal of channel five to the Archbishopric of Caracas, which gave birth to Vale TV.

On November 27, 1992, VTV was targeted in a coup attempt. Military officers, in rebellion against President Carlos Andres Perez, attacked the station. Ten station employees were killed.

VTV has been known to produce a few telenovelas over the years. They included titles such as Infigenia, La Dona Perfecta, and La Duena. 1984's La Duena was perhaps its most successful and popular productions. In 2004, VTV produced another telenovela, Amores de Barrio Adentro, but it was only seen once a week and lasted only a few months. In August 2004, VTV celebrated its 40th anniversary. Programs that can be seen on VTV include Alo Presidente and Noticias TeleSUR.

On January 25, 2010 university students from the oposition entered the Channel and had a meeting with VTV's president, to tell him to balance their information and to respect the oposition.

CBC trademark controversy

In 1999, VTV used a logo identical to the nicknamed "Exploding Pizza" ident used by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. No official word is available for comment from either parties.


During the Presidency of Hugo Chavez, it is alleged that VTV has been used by the government as an instrument to campaign against Venezuela's opposition and Venezuela's privately owned media . On the evening of the April 11, Venezuelan coup attempt of 2002 against Chavez, Enrique Mendoza, then governor of Venezuela's Miranda State, while being interviewed by Venevision announced "a esa basura de canal la vamos a cerrar" ("We are going to shut down that trashy channel"), referring to VTV. Hours later, the Miranda state police occupied VTV and forced it off the air. It remained off the air until April 14, 2002, when Chavez was returned to power.

In 2005, the program Dossier was canceled because its host and producer, Walter Martinez, criticized the government. Martinez mentioned that he was hunting some members of the government involved in corruption, indicating that he had proof. The government asked for an apology (which he didn't give) and forced Dossier off the air.Sreeharsha, Vinod . Telesur tested by Chavez video. The Christian Science Monitor.


VTV's slogan is "El Canal de todos los Venezolanos", or "The channel of all Venezuelans". It had changed temporarily to "Desde adentro", or "From inside" but it has since been changed back.


Venezuelan musician Simon Diaz (Tio Simon) once had a show on VTV back in the 1990s called Contesta por Tio Simon and he appeared in another program called Vacaciones con Tio Simon.

VTV's current president is Jesus Romero Anselmi. Former VTV presidents include Vladimir Villegas (who is the brother of Ernesto Villegas), Andres Izarra, Blanca Eeckout, Maripili Hernandez, and back in the 1980's, journalist Marta Colomina.

Jesus Romero Anselmi was the president of VTV before Vladimir Villegas became its president in 2002. In 2005, Romero Anselmi returned to the presidency of VTV.

During Rafael Caldera's second term as president, there were plans to privatize VTV. It failed when it was realized that VTV would probably not be profitable.

Venezolana de Television was the first TV station in Venezuela to broadcast a foreign made telenovela in 1969. It was called Mi Maestro and it was imported from Mexico.

Porfirio Torres's voice can be heard during some of VTV's promos.

See also

List of Venezuelan television channels

Media of Venezuela

Television in Venezuela

Avila TV

Buena Television

External links

Official Site

VTV's programming chart for the current week

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