|Venezolana de Televisión|
|Launched||August 1, 1964|
|Owned by||State-Owned Enterprise under administration of the Ministry of Communication and Information|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||All Venezuelan's Channel
(Spanish: El Canal de todos los Venezolanos)
|Local UHF Venezuela||Channel 8 (Caracas and most of the country)|
|Direct TV Venezuela||Channel 108|
|Intercable Venezuela||Channel 8|
|NetUno Venezuela||Channel 7|
|Supercable Venezuela||Channel 8|
|VTV||Watch live (Windows Media stream)|
Corporación Venezolana de Televisión (Spanish for: Venezuelan Television Corporation) 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 Televisión (CVTV) was inaugurated as a privately-owned television station on August 1, 1964, at 7:30 p.m. President Raúl 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 Televisión and Venevisión, was purchased by the Venezuelan government and rebranded as Venezolana de Televisión (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 Chávez became president in 1999).
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.
VTV has been known to produce a few telenovelas over the years. They included titles such as Infigenia, La Doña Perfecta, and La Dueña. 1984's La Dueña 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 Aló 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.
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 Chávez, 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 (Venevisión, Globovisión, Televen, and Radio Caracas Televisión). On the evening of the April 11, Venezuelan coup attempt of 2002 against Chávez, Enrique Mendoza, then governor of Venezuela's Miranda State, while being interviewed by Venevisión 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 Chávez was returned to power.
In 2005, the program Dossier was canceled because its host and producer, Walter Martinez, criticized the government. Martínez 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.