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.