An opposition Venezuelan television station that President Hugo Chavez forced off the air in May says it will restart transmissions July 16 through cable and satellite channels.

On Wednesday, the chief Marcel Granier of Radio Caracas Television or RCTV told a news conference that RCTV's return is a victory for Venezuelan people who want its programming.

He said RCTV would continue trying to recover its equipment and free broadcast signal. As a cable station, RCTV will reach about a quarter of Venezuelan households.

Mr. Chavez refused to renew RCTV's license to broadcast on a public frequency for allegedly backing a failed coup against him in 2002. Other national private networks also opposed Mr. Chavez, but their criticism of the government is now softer and they have retained their licenses.

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