“It’s been a year since the unconstitutional, illegal and arbitrary closure of the broadcasts of RCTV International, via subscription television in Venezuela,” the channel’s director, Marcel Granier, said at a news conference.
Mr Granier said RCTV had submitted documentation to the National Telecommunications Commission seeking permission to resume programming, but noted that its past requests had been squelched by bureaucratic obstacles.
RCTV, one of the country’s two most watched private television networks, has waged a running battle with Chávez over press freedoms. In 2007, the government revoked its commercial broadcast licence but it continued to reach the Venezuelan market via subscription programming on cable and satellite TV. However, it was shut down again last year along with five other pay TV channels for not adhering to rules that require live broadcasts of all Chávez’s speeches.
RCTV was closed in order to silence “the voice of protest against all the inefficiency of the government, and its manifest inability to solve the problems” of the country, Mr Granier said.