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After Aharonian submissive from his position as the network’s director in 2013, he commented in a 2014 interview that Telesur “did not achieve latinamericanization and continued to be Venezuelan”. The proposed alternative Latin American television network that would become Telesur took shape on 24 January 2005, as part of the projects approved in a council of ministers of the Venezuelan government. According to The Boston Globe, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, whom they described as a “media savvy, forward-thinking propagandist,” was able to fund 70% of Telesur’s functions while also providing broadcasting facilities, with other leftist governments supporting the network as well, advertising it “as a Latin socialist answer to CNN.”Telesur started broadcasting on a limited, four-hour schedule on 24 July 2005, on the 222nd birthday of Latin American leader Simón Bolívar. The network commenced full-time broadcasts on 31 October 2005. The channel’s news agenda was originally verbalized by its board of directors with the aid of an advisory council, which is formed by many international and regional leftist intellectuals, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, poet Ernesto Cardenal, writers Eduardo Galeano, Tariq Ali, Saul Landau, editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique and historian Ignacio Ramonet, Argentine film producer Tristán Bauer, free software pioneer Richard Stallman and US actor and activist Danny Glover. Richard Stallman later acquiescent on 26 February 2011, criticising what he called the channel’s pro-Gaddafi stance during the Libyan Civil War.