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.
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 endeavor.
As a City Councillor, I frequently hear from constituents that they are aware of various matters because they watched a meeting or listened to a discussion on Peabody TV…This allows a much wider audience than would otherwise be possible which strengthens the fiber of the community.Peter McGinn
It is great to be able to go to the PAT site or television channel to catch up on [events and activities in the community]… This has been a great source for my mother in law and many of the elderly or home bound that are not able to get out of their homes but are still able to view the grand kids at sports or to listen to the concerts from their homes.Diane M.
Besides providing coverage of local government meetings, local sports events and school productions, [Peabody TV] has assisted our organization (PEF) in promoting our programs and events which benefit the students of Peabody. They provide assistance, support, and coverage of our annual Spelling Bee for middle school students. They offer training and internship programs for local high school students. Their employees are active volunteers in our community.Barbara K.
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.