Cape Town TV Mission Statement

Cape Town TV, otherwise known as CTV, is a non-profit, free-to-air, community television station licensed to serve the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. 

The channel is owned and controlled by the community and provides access by stakeholder groups to the powerful medium of television as a tool for community development and social change.

CTV promotes active participation of the community by supporting emerging and established producers, NGOs, hyper-local TV initiatives to be content creators.

In-so-doing, CTV aims to strengthen the communication capacity of civil society and acts as an incubator for emerging, local talent in the film and television sector and related cultural industries.


Access to the means of communication

Cape Town TV Objectives

Through active community participation and audience engagement CTV aims to:

  • Promote diversity through the inclusion of marginalised voices in the media
  • Provide access to information that empowers people
  • Showcase talent in the creative industries
  • Support local independent television producers
  • Provide on-the-job training for unemployed youth
  • Strengthen the voice of civil society
  • Build citizen agency and hold government to account


Promoting human rights and social justice


Developing creativity and local talent

Cape Town TV Governance

CTV was founded by 183 non-profit organisations in July 2006, was awarded a license in July 2008 and launched in September 2008.

CTV is directly accountable to the community we serve through a membership structure that allows member organisations to elect the board at AGMs.

Members represent a wide diversity of interest groups in Cape Town.


For a point of view outside of the mainstream

Cape Town TV Broadcast Footprint

The channel broadcasts free-to-air in Cape Town and surrounds and, nationally, on DStv Channel 263.

The channel currently attracts a monthly viewership of 2.7 million and appeals to a wide range of age, income and language groups.

#Community Driven

 Provide access to information that empowers people

Cape Town TV Programming

CTV produces and acquires content that is socially relevant, educational, informative and entertaining.

The channel broadcasts 24 hours a day with a variety of programmes including local and international news, talk shows, magazine programmes and documentaries.


Promote diversity through the inclusion of marginalised voices in the media

Cape Town TV Production & Training

The channel produces 15 hours of content per week including:

  • Our City: A daily, live news service that focuses on untold stories and issues affecting marginalised communities.
  • Ek Se: A daily, live youth edutainment show produced by and for youth that provides a platform for youth development
  • Hype it Up: A popular youth music show that showcases up and coming talent.
  • The Womxn Show: A weekly show tackling gender based violence and child safety.
  • Open Studio: Providing public access by NGOs and CBOs and acts as a training ground for new producers and presenters.

In addition to these regular shows, CTV runs a Production Development Programme aimed at identifying and partnering with presenters with subject-matter expertise to develop educational shows in areas such as parenting skills, mental health and environmental justice. Alongside the PDP, CTV runs a workshop programme aimed at staff, producers and member organizations.


Showcase talent in the creative industries


CTV has received funding in the form of grants, donations, facilities, equipment and training from the following organisations: