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Venezuela to End TV Broadcaster's License

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warns that he will not renew the license of a television station he accuses of backing a failed coup against him in 2002.

Mr. Chavez said in a speech Thursday to the military that the concession for Radio Caracas Television will end in March.

Earlier, the information minister, William Lara, said the broadcaster's license would expire next May.

Mr. Chavez also said he will not tolerate any media outlets that support efforts to remove him from power.

There was no immediate response from the Caracas-based station.

President Chavez has repeatedly denounced RCTV and other pro-opposition broadcasters for what he says is overly critical coverage of his government.

The press rights group Reporters Without Borders has urged Venezuela to end its efforts to shut down RCTV.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.