CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan television channel that takes a critical stance toward President Hugo Chavez is accusing the government of excluding it from a new digital television system, and it warns that action could force it off the open airwaves.

Globovision is the sole remaining television channel in Venezuela that takes a stridently anti-government line.

The channel said in a statement on Wednesday that it was excluded from the digital TV system despite having taken steps to be included during meetings that officials held to launch the project.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced the launch of the digital TV system on Wednesday and said that state channels will be participating as well as private channels including Venevision, Meridiano and Televen. He and other officials did not address the complaint raised by Globovision.