The new owners of Venezuela's only television channel to take critical stands against the government say they will, in their words, "contribute to a climate of peace and not of conflict."

That comment came after a meeting with socialist President Nicolas Maduro, and it was seen by some people as a sign Globovision will tone down its anti-government line.

A group of Venezuelan businessmen bought the station earlier this month, raising questions about its future direction.

After Wednesday's meeting, Globovision head Juan Domingo Cordero said the operation will continue to be a news channel and tell the truth, while contributing to peace in the deeply divided country.

Globovision has been the sole media counterweight to state television, which airs only praise for the government while attacking opposition politicians.