Mon - Friday at 5pm

DSTV Channel 263

Open Studio is the longest-running show on CTV. The engaging chat show is a platform offering the general public access to television and an opportunity to raise awareness of their community initiatives.

Interested parties can either request to be interviewed on Open Studio or can participate in CTV’s Production Development Programme, which trains emerging producers to create their own television talk show.

Episodes on Open Studio are recorded and play from Mondays to Fridays at 5 pm.

If you are employed by an NGO, are part of an empowering campaign or project, a community leader, someone with an inspiring story to tell or a cause to speak about and you are interested in utilizing the Open Studio platform, then please email the program Producer, Junaid Gaffoor on

How Open Studio works

Once participants have completed the Producer Development Programme, they get to enter the exciting world of television through Cape Town TV’s longest running public access talk show called Open Studio.

Open Studio provides a fully-equipped studio, a standard set and a studio crew to record shows.

The PDP training prepares participants for producing pilot shows in Open Studio.

CTV members also have access to utilising the Open Studio. 

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The criteria for selection are that the show should have an engaging concept, should be aligned with Cape Town TV’s social development mandate, and appeal to a distinct target market. Producers should have some expertise or sound knowledge of the areas they engage with. Shows may not focus on promoting a particular business venture, church or party political viewpoint.

If your show proves to be successful, Cape Town TV can give you the option of continuing the production with its own name, branding and set.

One of our longest-running successes from Open Studio is the Rastafarian show Umlilo: Fire Talks. More recent shows to emerge include Man to Man, a talk show that helps men to deal with problems like substance abuse and domestic violence, and Inventive Que, which showcases emerging talent in the creative industries.

Should you be interested in applying for the Production Mentorship Programme, please click on the link below.