TV Venezuela Provides a Pulpit for Opposition Leader

Capriles Gains a U.S. Audience for Live Political Forum

TV Venezuela, the pay TV channel featuring news and public affairs programming from the South American nation, has given the main rival to Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro a stateside outlet for his live 60-minute online program devoted to political issues facing the nation.

Henrique Capriles Radonski’s Venezuela Somos Todos will air Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. ET, with a primetime rebroadcast at 8 p.m. ET. The show’s producers promise to provide Venezuelans -- both in the nation and abroad -- an open forum for “complaints, queries and suggestions.”

Capriles’ efforts to reach the Venezuelan people via broadcast television in the nation have been largely thwarted under pressure from the Maduro administration. In May, Caracas-based news network Globovisión expressly prohibited Capriles from appearing on its over-the-air channel -- a move designed to silence his Capriles TV amid government accusations that the opposition was spreading false information and inciting anti-government sentiment in Venezuela.

Since Globovisión’s decision to make Capriles persona non grata, online streaming via has been his principal route to reaching the public. While this has greatly reduced the politician’s accessibility to Venezuelans, it has allowed Capriles to fight back against a campaign “to make him invisible,” he told Agence France-Press. Internet broadcasts are not regulated in the same manner as television broadcasts in Venezuela, allowing for “the liberty to inform the people of everything we have to say,” Capriles told the French news agency.

TV Venezuela is distributed and repped by Condista. The channel is included in DirecTV’s Más Spanish-language tier and appears on Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks cable systems in various U.S. markets.