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.
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.
Meet the Staff
Courtney has been with Peabody TV 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. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time at the beach, good food, and movie or game nights with her husband and friends.
Natalie is a lifelong Peabody resident and a graduate of PVMHS. She worked at Peabody City Hall as the first female City Clerk for 42 years. In 2006, she joined the Peabody TV team after retiring from the city. Natalie is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and feels truly blessed to be part of this amazing Peabody TV team, who keeps her young and alive!
-Don has over 40 years in television production experience. He has also worked as a driving instructor, history teacher, and a bar owner. In his free time he plays for a championship winning softball team and Texas Hold Em tournaments.
Tim Spanos, Chairman
John McGinn, Treasurer
Matthew Molk, Secretary