Nada que ver, TVes…

TVes, the rushed replacement for RCTV after the latter was shut down, is finally admitting that things didn’t go according to plan (if there was any) in their first five years on the air.

Actually, things couldn’t get much bleaker for the “Venezuelan social broadcaster”. The latest ratings just confirm it: it’s not just that TVes is dead last; it’s that it doesn’t even reach 1% of the overall audience. Ouch!

William Castillo, current head of the channel is still optimistic about the future. In fact, he also the host of what probably could be the only opinion program in TVes’ grid: TV Forum. TVes doesn’t carry news but when there’s an important Chavez-related event joins the transmission of VTV, along with the other members of the State Media System, even if it lasts hours.

The rest of their schedule is filled with dull as ditchwater cultural and historical programs. There’s only the faintest attempt made to actually entertain the audience, though they have tried to do soap operas (without success). The movie department is mostly filled with Venezuelan and international cinema, but every now and then they can’t resist to put some Hollywood product. Weeks ago, they had Patch Adams. #TrueStory

Something positive to point out is their sports coverage. They broadcast a lot of local sports, including the domestic basketball and football leagues. However, the technical and production quality leaves a lot to be desired. Not surprisingly, there has been some tension between them and Meridiano TV, a long established private sports channel without an endless supply of Petrodollars to buy event rights.

Take the upcoming Olympics. With TVes holding the Venezuelan broadcast rights, audiences can expect to more “quality” from them, like this jewel from four years ago…

If there’s one word to define TVes, it would be boring. Whatever that X-Factor is that makes television compelling, they seem to have found the antidote. It’s down, I’m afraid, to their own creative limitations – I’m not the only one with that opinion. But that’s probably the point of the whole enterprise: They’re just filling the space left by RCTV and for them, it’s all what matters. Even the capybara knows it.

10 thoughts on “Nada que ver, TVes…

  1. Discussing the plant’s woes, we get this jewel from one former programming director:

    La memoria y cuenta del Ministerio de Comunicación e Información (Minci) de 2011 indica que el tema presupuestario es uno de los grandes obstáculos. Señala la “lentitud en la capacidad de respuesta de las instituciones públicas en materia de compras de espacios publicitarios” en el canal. También acusa la disminución del presupuesto asignado para publicidad a los organismos del Estado: “lo que afecta la gestión productiva por comercialización y ventas de pautas”.

    So as far as these guys can see, the reason the plant is failing isn’t that it makes shit programs nobody wants to see, but that they’re just not getting their fair share of the petropiñata. Que desgracia vale…


    • Not just that. The latest credit approved by the National Assembly put VTV well above TVes as the priority of the communicational hegemony: VTV (which has been transformed into Chavismo’s Globovision) will get 280 million Bs. while Tves will get only 12 million. Even Avila TV (only seen in Caracas) will get more money than Tves.

      Pa’ TVes no hay corazon venezolano…


    • La verdadera desgracia is the generalized thinking that the petropiñata would be well spent if they did have high ratings. It’s the ends justifying the means. And Capriles is not showing that he’s against that. That’s sad.


      • Capriles can’t and is not willing to say he’s going to do away with Chavista media because that would be against the core values of his presidential campaign. Time will tell what workers of Chavista media will do when they find themselves purposeless with Chavez out of power.


        • Not to what I’m referring, though I agree with what you’re saying. My point is that the ratings should be irrelevant to the decision, but sadly they are not. That people think that a government run company is an ok thing so long as it runs well, which it isn’t, such as when PDVSA was running well, until it isn’t. That people think that the oil money is for the government to spend at will, so long as the results are good, until it’s not.

          It’s the Lord of the Rings syndrome, everyone thinking that so long as the ring is used for what they consider good, then it shouldn’t be destroyed, until it’s not.


  2. TVes’ latest jewel was Monday night. Venezuela beat Nigeria by two in their first Fiba Olympic Qualifying game. TVes on-the-court guy asks Vinotinto’s american coach Eric Musselman and Guard David Cubillán for their afterthoughts on the game. I say to myself, “Hey, the TVes guy is gonna speak English, good for him.” That’s when he says “Eric, Congratuleishon”, and proceeds in Spanish to ask Cubillán to serve as translator. That’s the first time I see an interviewee translating between a TV guy and another interviewee. Last night, against Lithuania, they sent the guy upstairs to the Commentator booth. We lost by 18, by the way.


  3. Old news, just refried! We didn’t heard either Rafael Ramirez or RIzarra or whoever is today minister of Love, Propaganda and Communications said it so around 2010 or so?

    Two funny stories.
    Story 1: about 3, 4 years ago, by the time TVES was beginning to emit Ally McBeal (a fact I discovered by seeing my mom watch some awful looking old venezuelan movie), I was in a Scritpwriting workshop at Celarg taught by a well known documentalist/filmmaker. Man was nice and not prone to badmouth the rest of the industry even when prompted, but he still spent a whole class complaining about how TVES hadn’t paid him yet for the full season of a half hour documental series about artisans around the country, and that they didn’t seem to want another season of the show despite allegedly good reception.
    Story 2: My chavista friend in Facebook love his Korean Dramas and is very into Hallyu. That’s how I discovered that TVES was broadcasting the whole Endless Love saga (Winter Sonata, Autum in my Heart, Spring Waltz and Summer Scent), and a whole collection of other famous dramas, because he was watching them there dubbed and posting about it. Most of those dramas, btw, had been broadcast by La Tele two years before, so you can guess how much it cost for them.


  4. I like Tves, and I’m not ashamed to admit is the second Venezuelan channel I watch the most, andyeah, TVes programming is dull more than half of the time. But I think the problem of Tves is that is a government-owned channel that doesn’t go 24/7 pandering to government supporters as VTV and even Ávila TV does. TVes feels more like an obligation than a duty out of love: A Potemkin Village to present the world that the Chavernment cares for the arts and culture.

    As such, it shows anything that seems to be part of that “arts and culture” umbrella and at the same time tries (and fails) to pander the Chavismo. Like promoting The Triplets of Belleville as “An anti-capitalist cartoon”. It’s somewhat schizoid and a bit painful to watch since:

    1) It lacks a clear ample vision of arts and culture (You know, the very same thing they try to promote) adding the lack of resources, they end up with ad nauseum reruns of Chaplin and Hitchcock’s filmography.

    2) They try to be attractive to Chavismo while not admitting they are actually a minority. Since they are the intelligent network of the BBC (The Bolivarian Broadcasting Complex) they do their best to be controversial and thought-provoking without admiting that, you know, that the chavernment doesn’t like controversial thought-provoking stuff. So they have things like a movie cycle weekend dedicated to LGBT cinema that doesn’t show truly relevant or thought-provoking LGBT movies (Like, you know, La Mala Educación, Milk, Boys Don’t Cry, etc.) instead showing harmless movies. Meanwhile the intelectual Venezuelan (Chavista or Opositor) goes elsewhere to see something truly engaging while the average Venezuela (Chavista or Opositor) goes for your typical lowest common denominator Venezuela-made bland enterteinment: A Qué Te Ríes et al.

    In short, it would be a great arts and culture channel if they truly cared about, you know, arts and culture.


  5. I have not watched TVes, but wouldn’t what Max proposes be what used to be the Canal 5?
    My suspicious is that current TVES is to normal television what Tricolor was to comic books. When I was a kid I hated reading Tricolor when I could have read Archie or La pequeña Lulu.


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