City TV Foundation

About us

The City TV Foundation was established in 1995 in Košice, Slovakia, to foster improvement in local television, especially in the formerly communist countries, where there had been no tradition of independent local television, and where its development was an important element in the development of a democratic, civil society.

In addition to staging the annual event, the foundation conducts training of local television managers, producers, cameramen and journalists, in Slovakia and in other countries. It has also produced a large database of information about local television stations across Europe, and functions as a distributor of local television programs among local stations.

The City TV Foundation is the Festival’s organizer. While the Festival is the foundation’s most visible undertaking, the foundation in fact works throughout the year, not only organizing each year’s annual event, but distributing programs, providing information and conducting training as well.

In 1998, it organized a “City Tribunal” coproduction project involving 12 stations in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. It has printed bulletins for local stations.

The Festival serves as an organizing mechanism for other activities of the foundation. The Festival brings the local television stations together to offer their experience and expertise, and to make known their needs.

Slovakia joined the European Union in May 2004 and the foundation will focus new efforts on those countries left outside – especially Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The City TV Foundation is led by Eva Dekanovska and Marcel Dekanovsky, who organized the first International Festival of Local Broadcasters in 1995.

Dekanovska and Dekanovsky cofounded TV Global, which grouped together a number of local stations in Slovakia on a common national/local programming platform. Both have served as trainers abroad

The Board of City TV Foundation

Marcel Děkanovský

General Manager

Ed J. Baumeister


Ruud de Bruin


Jurgen Linke

Offener Kanal Berlin

Roger Worrod

producer, actor, film director, writer Switzerland

Stela Jovanovič

Communication expert, journalist
Honorary Consul of Slovak Republic in Serbia

Taisa Bandarenka

Director, The Centre „Freedom of Speech for Democracy“

Monika Rojková Butkayová

Chairwoman of the Board of the City TV Foundation, Slovakia

Eva Děkanovská

Executive officer City TV Foundation Slovakia

International co-ordinators

Stela Jovanovic

City of Nis

phone +381 18 526 236, +381 64 122 8398

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Paco Perez

Tele K  


phone +34 913 806 550

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Sándor Harnócz

TV Irány, Miskolc




Ruud De Bruin

Arttext, Amsterdam

The Netherlands

phone +31 20 4190699

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Dagmara Drzazga

TVP Katowice


phone: +48 2595 200; +48 2595 280

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Dragana Banjac

ATV Banja Luka

Republika Srpska (BiH)

phone: +381 65 520 169

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Dave Rushton

Institute of Local Television

United Kingdom

phone: +44 131 466 3021

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Jan Libant

Hlohovská televízia

phone: +421 33 7331091

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City TV Foundation

International Festival of Local Television
Jesenského 12, 040 01 Košice, Slovensko
Phone : 00421 905 966 649
Fax : 00421 55 622 17 93  e-mail : Turn on javascript to see the email.