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16 November 2007

The beautiful game: This team of boys were battling it out after the summer rains in Mphephwes village, Venda. Their trophy: a hand made soccer ball crafted out of plastic carry bags. The photo was taken as part of the Dreamfields project initiated by journalist John Perlman that provides soccer balls, kit, and eventually, playing fields, to communities in need. (Photo: C.Muller)

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CTCTV call for content


Cape Town Community Television (CTCTV) Collective
c/o Workers World Media Productions, 7 Community House, 41 Salt River Road, Salt River, 7925.
Tel: + 27 21 447 2727, Fax: + 27 21 448 5076
Web link: Workers World Media Productions


1. Introduction

CTCTV is launching Cape Town’s first non-profit, community-based TV station aimed at the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. Founded by over 200 non-profit community organizations in 2006, the Collective is committed to providing community access to the powerful medium of television as a tool to promote human rights, social justice and community cultural development. For more information on CTCTV, please go to
We plan to be on air by March 2008 and need support in creating or providing content for the channel.

CTCTV’s programming policies are informed by the principles of community access and participation as outlined in the Electronic Communications Acts, whereby community TV serves as an access point for diverse members of the community as a means to share political, cultural, artistic, spiritual, and individual expression. CTCTV will therefore serve mainly as an access point for citizens and organisations of civil society. In doing so it will also ensure opportunities for emerging and established film makers to develop and air productions that are in line with the principles of CTCTV.

CTCTV is not yet established in the market place and does not have consistent revenue streams. The CTCTV board has therefore developed range of production models designed to create an enabling environment for revenue generation and independent production that different interest groups can fit into depending on their circumstances.

Given that Community TV is still in its pilot phase CTCTV will, within its policy framework, remain flexible in terms of how these models will be implemented. So if you feel that you don’t fit in to any of the categories below, or you want to make suggestions on how we can approach things differently, please send us constructive suggestions in this regard.
2. Sources of Programming
2.1 In-house programming

In-house programming, which will be kept to a minimum, refers to all programmes that will be financed and produced by CTCTV internally. This includes:

• A community news service: CTCTV will take responsibility for producing a 30-minute, daily news and current affairs programme. News items will be derived from local newspapers, community radio stations as well as material sent in by viewers via the internet and material recorded on peoples’ cell phones and cameras. CTCTV is speaking to partners who are in a position to contribute either in the form of training and/or community reporting.
• Events round-up: CTCTV will produce a weekly programme covering events that have taken place in CT in the previous week and provide a space to announce upcoming events taking place in the city.
CTCTV will also take responsibility for continuity links in between programmes.
2.2 Licensing Agreements

Licensed programming includes programmes that have been produced independently by NGOs, educational institutions (student productions), independent producers, distributors, broadcasters and other community TV stations internationally. Contributors will be asked to submit programming free of charge although CTCTV will bear costs for tape duplication and postage, where necessary. CTCTV will sign a license agreement with contributors which grants CTCTV non-exclusive rights to broadcast material over a 12-month period. Licensed content will make up the majority of programming for the first 6 months of broadcasting.

If the SABC owns the rights to material that you would like to submit, please send us a short description of the programme, including title, the date it was produced and the name of the production company and we will negotiate with the SABC.

Ideally we would like material to be submitted on DVD or Mini-DV format but if this is not possible then a preview copy on any format can be submitted. Once the material has been previewed and selected, a license agreement will be signed by CTCTV and the contributor.

Material can be submitted to Salama Ogier at Workers World Media Productions (WWMP), Community House, 41 Salt River Road, Salt River. We would like to receive the bulk of material by 14 December 2007. Those programmes that are completed after November can be submitted when available.
2.3 Programming partnerships / independent production

CTCTV is calling for programming proposals from NGOs, CBOs, independent film makers, education and government institutions that are in a position to produce content independently. Programming partners will be selected on the basis of CTCTV’s programming policy which is available on

Once selected, CTCTV will support partners by:
• Providing access to a studio or outside broadcast facilities, if required.
• Providing a “letter of intent to broadcast” which can then be used by partners to raise funding or sponsorship to cover production costs, according to guidelines set out by CTCTV. The budget will include a 5% broadcasting fee payable to CTCTV to cover broadcasting costs;
• Selling advertising and, if possible, assisting partners to leverage funding or sponsorship;
In return CTCTV will have non-exclusive usage of the material, in perpetuity.

Programming proposals can be sent to We would like to receive the bulk of proposals by 14 December 2007, but there is no deadline, as such. Proposals should be no longer than three pages and include the following information:

1) Name and contact details of partner institutions and legal status (CC, Section 21, etc);
2) Details of key individuals involved – track record, skills and PDI status;
3) Synopsis of the programme;
4) Duration and number of episodes;
5) Budget summary and finance plan;
6) Target audience;
7) Time of day/week you would like the programme to be flighted (provide 3 options)
8) Indicate when the programme is likely to be ready for broadcast?
9) Details of training or community access component of your production;
10) Indicate how CTCTV can assist you (e.g. access to a studio, etc.)
Please include a show reel or promo of your work, if available.

2.4 Public access programming

Public access programming is suited more to emerging film makers, volunteers and community groups that do not have the capacity to raise their own finance to produce content independently. In the medium term, CTCTV intends to raise funds to set up a number of video access centres that will provide access to training, production facilities and a studio as well as covering basic production costs such as tape stock, transport and consumables.

In the short term, CTCTV will provide access, for a limited number of volunteers, to a studio based at UWC and is lobbying the film industry to make more studios available. CTCTV is working in partnership with organisations such as the Children’s Resource Centre, IDASA and WWMP who are working with specific target groups and is looking for additional partners who are in a position to provide public access for groups such as youth, community arts and working class communities.

Individuals or organisations are invited to submit proposals for public access programming, that is, programmes produced by volunteers in a studio environment. Use the above format, where relevant (you don’t have to have a legal entity).

3. Programme Format

CTCTV is looking for programming in any of the following programming formats:

Community News
Service (in-house)
5% • News
• Sports
• Events
15% • Local sport events/matches
• Coverage of the World Cup Soccer preparations and event from a community perspective
• Sports development
5% • Local, national and international documentaries
• Student productions
10% • Music
• Poetry
• Community dance, choir and theatre groups
• Arts magazine programmes
• Animation
Feature films
5% • SA, African and international feature films
• Low budget feature films
Governance and democracy building
5% • Government information/public education material
• Human rights and democracy education
• Programming designed to encourage dialogue between government and civil society
10% • Educational programming (including PSA’s) on health, environment, etc.
• Programming in support of school curricula, ABET
5% • 26 – 52 min drama series
• Soapies with a difference
• Community theatre productions
• Student productions
Children’s Programming
5% • Story-telling
• Content produced by children
Youth Programming
5% • Student productions
• Youth magazine show
10% • Religious studies
• Interfaith
• Spirituality
• Self improvement
20% • Informal knowledge-building (IKB)
• Advocacy/public discourse/debates/dialogue
• Talk shows/magazine programmes

4. Ensuring diversity, representivity and skills transfer

CTVTV will ensure, through the selection of programming, that:
• Programming reflects the widest diversity of people and interests in Cape Town, with a special focus on poor working class communities.
• One particular interest group (be they education institutions, government, NPOs or independent producers) do not dominate the airwaves by, for example, having more than one programme in development or on air at any given time.
• Programming is produced by a wide diversity of people across all ages, sexual orientation, disabilities, geographical area, class, race and gender, with no one group dominating simply because they have the resources to do so.
• Programming is designed to ensure maximum community participation. In other words, if you are making a film in Delft, how do the people of Delft benefit?

Independent producers are encouraged to submit proposals in partnership with non- profit organisations in order to 1) ensure skills transfer, 2) to ensure that film makers are accountable to the community they are “representing” and, 3) to make it easier for film makers to raise funding or sponsorship. This will not be a rigid policy as there will be certain types of programming where there is no obvious NPO partner.

For more information please contact the CTCTV Programme Manager, Anthea Abrahams, on

The CTCTV board has identified the following programming priorities for the first year of broadcasting and, in some instances, have identified production partners.

Target Group: Existing partners:
Labour Partner: Workers World Media Productions (WWMP)
Weekly, 26-minute magazine programme dealing with workers rights and issues.
Sports Partner: Western Cape Sports Federation.
Government/civil society dialogue:
Partner: IDASA.
A programme aimed at increasing dialogue between communities, civil society organisations and local government decision makers through a once-weekly television programme which focuses strongly on public problem solving.
Youth A youth “production collective” is developing a youth magazine programme and are looking for assistance with production facilities.
NGOs Gun Free South Africa is looking for an independent producer to work with them.
Environment Partners Bio-watch and Earthlife Africa are looking for a film maker with a track record in working for the environment to work with them to develop a weekly magazine programme.

Possible partners:
Women/gender Ilrig, New Women’s Movement, Getnet, Sweat, Samgi, TAC, etc
Health Community Health Media Trust, Media Training Centre, Love Life, etc.
Children Children’s Resource Centre, Molo Songololo, etc.
Arts Public Eye, Greatmore Studios, AMAC, etc.
Consumer rights
The aged

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