Angie Diale, a real-life social worker and counsellor, gives a troubled family a talking-to on Relate.

Popular community-based reality TV show Relate, produced by Gauteng's Ochre Moving Pictures for SABC 1, has been selected for Input 2011, the prestigious international festival that supports and celebrates TV broadcasting in the public interest. It is the only series from Africa to receive this accolade.

“To be selected for Input is a great honour,” says Stan Joseph, CEO of Ochre Moving Pictures. “This is an international forum that recognises innovation in public broadcasting. It’s a platform for excellence where industry peers meet and share experiences and vision.”

An annual weeklong conference and festival of TV broadcasting, Input – the acronym stands for International Public Television – is the only international event that focuses specifically on innovative programmes produced by public rather than commercial broadcasters. This year’s themes include political independence, craftsmanship, responsibility and visual ethics, education as a priority, and multi-platform execution.

Relate will feature in the Reality TV session under the provocative heading, Why Should I Bother? TV as a Playground for Personal Missions. Other reality discussions will be held under the banners of Shaping Reality: From the Real World to Reality and Violence on TV: How to Deal with the Dark Side of Mankind.

The annual Input festival calls on television programme makers working in all genres to submit challenging, daring productions. As the festival’s mission statement declares, “Input is dedicated to the proposition that television should be public service in the public interest … Access to the most honest, innovative, provocative, courageous and challenging broadcasting is a universal fundamental human right.”

Relate is a popular primetime television show that takes a hard and honest look at troubled relationships, and attempts to bring people back together. Key to the series is the frank talk from the show’s presenter, Angie Diale, a real-life social worker and counsellor.

“Angie is an incredible asset,” says Anton Burggraaf, executive producer of Relate. “She does not mince her words in her role as counsellor and agony aunt. Angie tells it like it is and this is the appeal of the show. She’s passionate. People trust her. So they are often willing to go the extra mile to reshape their relationships.”

The festival is hosted by a different city each year and this year it is the turn of Seoul, South Korea, from 9 to 12 May. Around 300 productions were submitted and 87 programmes from 27 countries will feature on the festival programme. The conference is organised and jointly hosted by two South Korean public broadcasters KBS and MBC.

Ochre Moving Pictures produce a range of other notable TV series, including Scandal, Kwanda and Takalani Sesame, for which they have received multiple awards and accolades.