Cape Town TV is a community television channel that broadcasts in Cape Town, South Africa.
CTV has a range of programming that includes content that is acquired from various sources (such as independent producers, community members, production houses, organisations, educational institutions and government agencies) and programmes that are produced either 'in-house' or by programme partners using studio facilities located at AFDA, UWC or UCT.
Programmes are mainly of a documentary nature, covering topics such as NGOs, health, spirituality, religion, human rights, democracy, environment and world affairs. The channel has made a name for itself by broadcasting programmes that would never be shown on conventional television stations. These include controversial issues such as 'conspiracy theories' (e.g. Illuminati, the 9-11 attacks, etc.), animal rights/anti-cruelty, UFOs, the Mayan Calendar and socialism.
Other content includes short films, music programmes, talk shows, actuality programmes and lectures. CTV produces a limited number of programmes 'in-house'; these are mainly studio-based talk shows that have included a current affairs show called Currents and a public access show called Open Studio where members of the public and some radio DJs can host their own talk shows. CTV now has an 'arts desk' which produces short videos on arts, cultural and sports events in the city. Some programmes, such as Currents and the arts desk have a training component, where young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are mentored in video production and video journalism skills.
Programme partners include the Community Media Trust (CMT) which produces the HIV/AIDS awareness show Siyayinqoba: Beat It! and Workers World Media Productions, which produces The Labour Show. Other local content providers produce shows including What's On in Cape Town (local events), Street Talk (topical issues)Talent in Action (amateur performers), Talk Dini and The Friday Sermon (muslim religious issues). As of 2011, CTV broadcast Girls Talk TV, a US based network of 4 cable TV shows geared towards the empowerment of young women. CTV includes the Al Jazeera (English) international news channel in its programming line-up.
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