It replaced the signal of Radio Caracas Televisión on Channel 2 on Monday, May 28, 2007, and began broadcasting at 12:20 a.m. local time (04:20 UTC).
The station is managed by the Venezuelan Social Television Foundation (Fundación Televisora Venezolana Social), a foundation established under Presidential Decree 5394, published in the Gaceta Official government gazette on 11 May 2007. The Foundation has its own funds and separate legal identity (personalidad jurídica y patrimonio propio) and is attached to the Ministry of Communications and Information.
TVes has planned a schedule with many different types of programming, including news, sports, movies, music, drama, and children's shows. The network says that it'll reflect Venezuela's social diversity and provide a forum for independent producers. TVes will also air content from the National Geographic Channel on weekday mornings.
TVes also serves as the general entertainment component of a system of state TV channels, broadcasting its own dramas and variety programming.