TVes is a Venezuelan public television channel. Its name is short for Televisora Venezolana Social (Venezuelan Social Television) and is pronounced [ˈte ˈβes] ("te ves"), meaning you see yourself. It replaced the signal of Radio Caracas Televisión on Channel 2 on 28 May 2007, and began broadcasting at 12:20 a.m. local time (04:20 UTC). The Venezuelan government had refused to renew RCTV's broadcasting license and instead determined to create a new channel from part of RCTV's infrastructure. The new channel, in contrast with RCTV, is public-owned. According to the government, TVes aims to portray the identity of Venezuelans, hence the pronunciation of the station's name meaning you see yourself.