Peabody Access Telecommunications, Inc. (Peabody TV) operates Channels 8, 9, and 99 in the City of Peabody. No place else brings you gavel-to-gavel coverage of government meetings, or high school sports, candidate forums, concerts, and public affairs programming. Nowhere else can you consume content specifically produced by and for Peabody residents.
Peabody Access Telecommunications was established on June 1, 2006 and produces the programming for Channels 8, 9, and 99 in the City of Peabody.
When Mayor Peter Torigian brought cable television to the City of Peabody back in October of 1980, it was groundbreaking. Twenty-five years later, Mayor Michael Bonfanti changed the landscape again when, with the stroke of a pen, authorized Comcast to fund a non-profit organization to “provide services to Public, Educational, and Governmental Access users”. And, thus, PAT was born.
In June 2017, Mayor Edward Bettencourt successfully secured a significant increase in Peabody TV’s funding when signed the new ten-year cable license. In doing so, he ensured that PEG access operations will continue for years to come.
Early in 2018, Mayor Bettencourt announced plans for a municipal fiber network, yet again breaking technological barriers in the City. Peabody TV looks forward to partnering with the City and the Peabody Municipal Light Plant on this exciting endeavour.
Our mission is to stimulate cultural, artistic, and political expression through the use of video and digital media; to provide a secure forum that will allow the diverse populations of Peabody an avenue to explore the free and open exchange of ideas, and to provide open access to the most current communications technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is PAT funded?
- State Government creates the principle favorable environment for PEG access to continue within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through active legislation.
- Comcast provides the funding to support the organization through the fixed franchise fee in its license within the City of Peabody. Comcast also provides the backbone infrastructure required to transport our product from the studio to Peabody’s cable subscribers.
How do I watch PAT?
Any Peabody resident with Comcast as their cable provider has access to Channels 8, 9, and 99. Residents without cable or non-residents can access our programming here on our website.
Who's watching PAT programming?
Meet the Staff
Courtney has been with PAT since 2007, when she was only 16 years old. She graduated from Endicott College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration of Digital Filmmaking. She loved making videos with friends growing up and discovered her love for editing at the young age of 9.
Natalie is a lifelong Peabody resident and a graduate of the Peabody School system. She worked at Peabody City Hall as City Clerk for 42 years, and in 2006 joined the PAT team. Outside of work Natalie is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and feels truly blessed to be part of this amazing PAT team.
Educational Access Coordinator
Josiah started at PAT as a Production Assistant during the summer of 2017. He brings experience from various documentary & narrative productions, and is always looking for an excuse to hit record. In his free time, Josiah can be found listening to music at a deafening volume, filling sketchbooks with ideas that ‘no, you can’t look at yet bc they’re not ready’, or playing lacrosse.
Don has over 40 years in television production experience. Outside of TV Don has worked as a driving instructor, history teacher, and a bar owner. In his free time he plays for a championship winning softball team.
PAT’s board represents diverse areas of professional expertise, from finance and education to technology and municipal policy.
Tim Spanos, Chairman
John McGinn, Treasurer
Matthew Molk, Secretary
2011 Hometown Video Awards
- Overall Excellence in PEG, budget $300k-$650k
- Best Website for Access Centers
- Derek Gauvain, Student Music Video “Transformers”
2012 NATOA Government Programming Award
- Finalist, Overall Excellence in Public Access Programming
2014 Hometown Video Awards
- Documentary Biography, Haven from Hunger, Feeding those in Need
2015 Hometown Video Awards
- Sam Lucca, About Access and Empowerment (Student), “PAT Informational Video”
- Colby Todisco, Educational Profile (Student), “PVMHS Vocational Information Video”
2016 Hometown Video Awards
- About Access & Empowerment (Access Center Professional), “Growing with PAT”
- Community Events – General (Student), “Peabody Parklet”
- Documentary Biography (Student), “Finding the Words”
2017 Hometown Video Awards
2011 ACM-NE / Regional
- Overall Excellence in PEG, budget $250k-$500k
- 1st Place: Local Attractions, Senior Variety Show
- 1st Place: PEG Promo/PSA, JRM Recycling PSA
- 2nd Place: Arts & Theatre, 2011 Higgins MS Poetry Slam
- 2nd Place: Student Programming, 2011 PVMHS Art Show
2013 ACM-NE / Regional
- 3rd Place: Community Impact, Yarnbombing
- 1st Place: LIVE Programming, 2012 International Festival
2014 ACM-NE / Regional
- 1st Place: Municipal/Government Programming, City of Peabody Restaurant Week 2013
- 1st Place: Local Attractions, Road to Peabody: Treadwells Ice Cream
- 1st Place: Community Impact, Haven from Hunger: Feeding those in Need
- 1st Place: PEG Advocacy Video: Peabody Access Telecommunications, the Documentary
- 1st Place: Diversity Empowerment (Non Professional), Surviving Everyday, Leslie Pavia / Jeff Geibel
- 1st Place: School and Educational Program, PVMHS Vocational Informational Video, Colby Todisco
- 1st Place: Student Programming, Marty and Martha, Colby Todisco
2015 ACM-NE / Regional
- Overall Excellence in PEG, budget $451k-$650k
- 1st Place: Historical Documentary, No Backing Down
- 1st Place: Issues and Polistical Process, A Conversation with State Rep. Leah Cole
- 1st Place: Municipal/Government Programming, City of Peabody Restaurant Week 2014
- 2nd Place: PEG Advocacy Video: Peabody Access Telecommunications Ascertainment Video
- 3rd Place: PEG Promo/PSA (Non-Professional) PSA – Don’t Leave your Dog in the Car
- 3rd Place: Student Programming (Non-Professional) PSA – Don’t Text and Drive
- 1st Place: Community Impact (Non Professional), Surviving Everyday, Leslie Pavia / Jeff Geibel
2016 ACM-NE / Regional
- Overall Excellence in PEG, budget $501k-$750k
- 1st Place: PEG Advocacy, Growing with PAT
- 1st Place: Documentary (Non-Professional Division), Finding the Words
- 1st Place: Municipal/Government Programming, Cuisine Scene 2015
- 1st Place: Science/Health/Spirituality, Journey through the End of Life
- 2nd Place: Instructional and Training, Adopt a Hydrant PSA
- 2nd Place: Children & Youth (Non-Professional Division), Three J’s and That Guy’s Kitchen
- 3rd Place: Community Impact (Non-Professional Division), Peabody Parklet
- 3rd Place: Event Coverage / Multiple Cameras, 2015 City of Peabody International Festival
2017 ACM-NE / Regional
- Overall Excellence in PEG, budget $501k-$750k
- 3rd Place: Children & Youth, Three J’s and That Guy’s Kitchen
- 1st Place: Community Impact, Haven from Hunger: Making a Difference
- 1st Place: Documentary, Capturing Peabody: The Story of Ray Wallman
- 1st Place: PSA/Short Program, Black Balloon Day
PAT tells an excellent story of Peabody highlighting the best of the city and the schools!Jarred H.
Great staff! Creative space! PAT offers telecomm equipment training for people of all ages and abilities in their beautiful space. They also offer great coverage of local events.Martha H.
Fantastic staff! A wonderful resource to the community.Brian V.
119 Foster St.
Building 13, Suite 2B
Peabody, MA 01960
Peabody Access Telecommunications
Peabody Access Telecommunications has been the primary resource for the creation and distribution of local programming in the City of Peabody since 2007.