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Watch Our Three Channels

Access Pittsfield

Channel 16
or Channel 116-3

Pittsfield ETV

Channel 17
or Channel 116-1

Citylink

Channel 18
or Channel 116-2

Did you hear a song on one of our three community bulletin boards that makes you dance, but don’t know what the title is?  Check our convenient Twitter-powered listing of all of PCTV’s latest hits!

What Is Pittsfield Community Television?

What is Pittsfield Community Television?

PCTV is a community television station, operating Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Television (“PEG Access”) available to cable TV viewers on three channels in the Time Warner Cable service area, and serves people who live or work in the City of Pittsfield.  These three channels each serve our community in a unique way. “Access Pittsfield,” our public channel, serves the public directly and allows anyone from the Pittsfield area the ability to make a program. “Pittsfield ETV,” the Education Access Channel, provides a link to our local schools and educators, giving them a distinct voice to help educate our community. Finally, our Governmental Access Channel “Citylink,” provides a vital connection between government and the people, most often through gavel-to-gavel coverage of local city meetings.

The goal of access television is to enable people with little or no television production experience to create and cablecast original, local television programming. One way PCTV accomplishes this goal is through training people in the use of production equipment and technique.  In fact, this is a primary objective of our staff – to train and facilitate the use of the professional television equipment available to the people of Pittsfield through PCTV.  Once trained, PCTV members are able to utilize our production facilities available at PCTV.  These include: a multi-camera television studio; a fully outfitted mobile production vehicle; two off-line editing suites; and portable video equipment which can be borrowed to create programming “on site.”

Pittsfield Community Television is paid for via a unique arrangement.  Through a ten-year franchise agreement between Time Warner Cable and the City of Pittsfield, our station receives nearly 5% of Time Warner Cable’s revenues annually. The funding we receive is used for both operating expenses (salaries, utilities, rent, supplies, etc.) and for capital needs (purchase of equipment).  As an organization, Pittsfield Community Television is an independent, not-for-profit charitable organization recognized under Internal Revenue Service code, section 501 (c)(3), and recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a charity exempt from state sales and income taxes. We have a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of thirteen directors elected by the membership.  Directors’ terms are for three years.

Your Frequently Asked Questions

I Have An Event, And I Want It Covered. Can You Send Someone Out To Shoot It?

Pittsfield Community Television encourages all residents of Pittsfield to create programming on their own. We understand individuals have busy schedules and lives, so even though PCTV will not send staff to record your event, we will help you find volunteers who will. If you want to record the event yourself, PCTV will be happy to have you as a member and provide you with training. Just make sure the event doesn’t promote a profit-making product, service or trade.

Don’t I Pay For PCTV With My Tax Dollars?

No.  We are not a Pittsfield city department, and there is no city budget line item devoted to paying for PCTV.  Time Warner Cable is contractually obligated to fund access television locally, with 5% of their gross revenue.  Since the cable company uses Pittsfield’s ‘public rights of way’ to run their cables and make a profit from that, federal communication law mandates that they provide this local access.  Funding PCTV is how they meet this requirement.

Where Does PCTV Get Its Funding?

Time Warner Cable is contractually obligated to dedicate 5% of its gross revenue exclusively toward the purpose of funding local public, education and government access television.   Pittsfield Community Television uses that money, along with money it raises in other ways, to fund the operations and equipment needs of the organization.

Aren’t You The Cable Company?

No, PCTV is a non-profit organization that maintains the Public, Education and Government channels seen in Pittsfield.  On Time Warner Cable, these channels are 16 (Access Pittsfield), 17 (Pittsfield ETV), and 18 (Citylink) respectively.   We do not make any decisions about the other channels.

How Many People Watch Your Channels?

Although PCTV doesn’t have an exact number of viewers, we know that Pittsfield’s population is about 42,000 people, and there are about 18,000 subscribers including homes and businesses.  Additionally, people in Dalton and Richmond receive our channels because of a grandfathered arrangement from the early days of cable television.

How Can I Get A Program On The Air?

To get an already-made, not-for-profit community program on PCTV’s public access channel, Access Pittsfield, you must reside in Pittsfield or have someone from Pittsfield agree to be the ‘Producer of Record.’ All program content is the responsibility of the producer, and must meet the programming rules shown in our full Operating Rules & Procedures. There is no cost for placing a program on the air in this fashion. Once the show is accepted, the producer must sign a Producer Program Agreement Form.

    If you would like to create a program at PCTV, you will need to live or work in Pittsfield, or be retired from working in Pittsfield, and sign up as a member. After you sign up, you will have to schedule training to learn the equipment (studio, portable, editing, etc., depending on the type of show you would like to make). At this point you will have the tools to become a show producer.

How Can I Get A Message On PCTV’s Electronic Bulletin Boards?

PCTV will only post messages of non-profit and community organizations. Messages will air two weeks prior to the event and will be taken down. Include all the information about the event as well as a contact number. The PCTV website has a form that can be filled out and sent directly. You can also email your message to us directly.

May I Use PCTV Equipment For Personal Projects?

PCTV makes professional equipment available to our members under the condition they are creating programming for the purpose of airing on our channels and not for profit making under any circumstance.

Can’t You Just Do This For Me?

PCTV provides members with tools to be able to create their own programming. We are confident that given the right training, equipment and opportunities, our members can make quality programming. So, no, we cannot do it for you, but we will help you along the way.

How Much Does It Cost To Become A Member Of PCTV?

Membership rates for individuals in Pittsfield are $15 per year, and family membership is $25 per year. Retirees from Pittsfield are $5 per year.  For qualified “associate” members (outside Pittsfield but within Berkshire County) the rates are $40 per individual and $70 per family.  We offer a Group membership, which covers 5 individuals for $50, and an Organization membership, 20 individuals for $100.  Contact us for details and restrictions on those, as well as make arrangements for organizations larger than 20 individuals.

May I Receive A Copy Of A Show, Event Or Meeting That I Viewed On PCTV?

Anyone may request a copy of PCTV programming.  The cost is $15 per DVD, except for some specially-packaged programming, which costs $20.  Copies of programming are intended for personal use only, and cannot be displayed publicly, uploaded to the internet, duplicated or resold.  They also cannot be incorporated in other programming without written consent from PCTV.

Do You Accept Interns?

PCTV provides an opportunity for local middle- and high-school students, as well as college students from the area, to learn about television production.  Interns are welcome to apply for the opportunity to be involved in their chosen field of study.

How Can I Find Out What Is Being Cablecast On PCTV’s Three Channels?

The interactive program schedule is available on our website for Access Pittsfield, channel 16; Pittsfield ETV, channel 17; and Citylink, channel 18.  On the ‘watch’ tab, find the channel you want, then click “Show Schedule” for the latest listings.  Or, click “Show Search & Video On-Demand” to get more information about a particular show, including a link to watch the program on your device (available for many shows).

How Can I Be Kept Updated On The Latest News For PCTV?

PCTV occasionally publishes an e-newsletter which is emailed to all our members, and others who opt-in to the newsletter list. This newsletter, called the “Monitor,” gives members a comprehensive overview of past and future events and important information that members will find interesting.

How Are They Allowed To Show That On PCTV?

The public access station is an electronic forum for free expression by the residents of Pittsfield. The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees this freedom of speech. Any resident of Pittsfield is free to say or do anything on public access television as long as the content is not illegal or obscene.

Why Aren’t Your Webstreams Free?

We have contracted with an outside company to provide the internet bandwidth necessary to provide a reliable, quality webstream service.  This costs money, and it is only fair to ask the people who use this service to pay for what they use.  Subscribers of Time Warner in Pittsfield support, and receive, our channels on their televisions as part of their basic service.  People who choose satellite TV, and people outside of our viewing area, do not contribute and should not be subsidized by paying subscribers.  The pay-per-view streams are also very reasonable in terms of cost.

What Was That Song I Just Heard On Your Bulletin Board?

We have a page on this site dedicated to the most recently played songs on the bulletin boards of our three channels. Additionally, we have special Twitter feeds dedicated to tracking the songs from Access Pittsfield, Pittsfield ETV and Citylink.

Providing Pittsfield With The State Of The Art


Camcorders.  Video Editing Computers.  A Fully Equipped Production Studio.  A Three-Rack Portable Control Room.  A Mobile Production Truck.
As a members of Pittsfield Community Television, you gain access to a tremendous range of professional production equipment.  No matter what kind of show you’re thinking of, we can give you the gear to make it happen, and the training to use each and every piece.  Curious as to what exactly we have to offer?  Click the button below for a comprehensive list of our facilities and production equipment.


SEE OUR EQUIPMENT

Meet Pittsfield’s Very Own Video Production Staff!

Bernard Avalle

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Executive Director

One of PCTV's founding board members, Bernard's present role finds him managing the day-to-day operations of the station and its staff.

Jody Spielmann

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Office Manager

In addition to managing station finances, Jody is in charge of the front office, greeting guests and members, managing station finances, and supporting the needs to the Executive Director.

Matthew Tucker

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Access Pittsfield Coordinator, Production Technician

As the Public Access Coordinator, Matthew serves as the face most people from Pittsfield see when they're looking to create a program.  In addition to coordinating Access Pittsfield, Matthew can be found supporting PCTV's Producers through engineering, instruction and occasionally in a crew position

Shawn Serre

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Pittsfield ETV Coordinator, Station Engineer

At the helm of Pittsfield ETV, Shawn is the primary contact for, local schools, museums and educators to get their content on the air.  When able, he also works hard to make sure the station's equipment always works the way it's supposed to.

David Cachat

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Citylink Coordinator, IT Specialist

Dave's role as Citylink Coordinator finds him in contact with members of our local, state and national government, to make certain their news reaches their constituents.  When not serving those needs, he maintains the station's network of computers.

Ryan Cowdrey

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Production Technician

Serving the public in this multi-role position that supports the needs of the membership, Ryan is often found helping members in the edit suites or at the controls of our massive camera jib.

Becoming A Member

  • Do YOU have a message or passion that you want to share?
  • Do YOU want to meet new and interesting people?
  • Do YOU enjoy learning new skills that are hard to find elsewhere?
  • Have YOU always dreamed about owning your own TV station?

If you said YES to any of the above questions, becoming a PCTV Member is right for you!

Before you can begin in earnest, and take your first step into the amazing world of community television, you’ll need to select the membership that’s right for you. Please select one of the four options below, which will direct you to the correct digital membership form for your needs.

Individual Membership

This level of membership is ideal for a single person looking to access all of the benefits of involvement at PCTV. Additionally, presuming you are eligible for a “Full” Membership, you will also get a deciding vote in future PCTV business.

Family Membership

This membership allows a family of up to four to affordably share a single membership, and all the rights thereof. Two (2) adults and two (2) youths (under 18) will receive the benefits from this level of membership, and the family receives a single vote if they are eligible for “Full” Membership.

Group Membership

A group membership is ideal for a small organization, a group of friends who would like to be involved in their membership together, or even a crew for a show. Group memberships allow five (5) individuals to receive the benefits of membership, and bestow “Full” Membership voting right on two (2) eligible members.

Organization Membership

Intended to provide very affordable access to non-for-profit organizations with a larger population of staff and volunteers, Organization Membership is the largest membership we offer. Providing access to up to twenty (20) individuals, with “Full” Membership voting rights going to six (6) eligible members of the organization.

If you have any questions about the above options, or any other parts of the membership process, please feel free to Contact Us, and we’ll be glad to offer whatever assistance we are able to get you started.

Station News (Powered by Facebook)

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bernard Avalle, Executive Director
Pittsfield Community Television
bavalle@pittsfieldtv.org
(413) 445-4234, Ext. 113

PITTSFIELD COMMUNITY TELEVISION ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Matthew Jared Tucker Chosen To Become Public Access Coordinator, While David Wyatt Hired As Production Technician

Pittsfield, MA, August 8, 2016 – Pittsfield Community Television was proud this week to announce two changes in personnel within the organization’s staff. Following a rigorous interview process, nine year PCTV staff veteran Matthew Tucker was promoted to serve as the Coordinator of Access Pittsfield, Pittsfield’s public access channel. Filling his vacated position is David Wyatt, a longtime volunteer and former PCTV intern.
Tucker has been involved in community television most of his life, having worked with the local access center in West Stockbridge during his youth. He attended Westfield State University in Westfield, MA for Mass Communications, and was hired by Pittsfield Community Television in 2007. His new role will see him working with the people of Pittsfield to maintain PCTV’s current public programming, and help develop new shows produced by the community.
Wyatt has also had a lifelong interest in television. He was a staff member of Community Television of the Southern Berkshires in Lee during his high school years. He later attended Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN for Electronic Media. His new role will see him teaching new PCTV members how to utilize the station’s member-driven facilities, as well as providing production support for the organization’s many community productions.
Notable about both of PCTV’s new members is a shared history - both were involved in Monument Mountain Television, the successful student-run community access news program based out of Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington.

Pittsfield Community Television is Pittsfield’s Public, Education and Government (“PEG”) Access Television Station. A 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, PCTV’s mission is to provide access to the medium of television and related technologies, including training, production facilities, and cablecast time, to public, educational, and governmental constituencies located in and/or serving the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and to provide the Pittsfield community with local television programming. It has served this vital role to the community since its inception in 1986. Information on PCTV, as well as episode from its 30 years of local programming, can be found at www.pittsfieldtv.org.
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A few weeks ago we shared when #PIttsfieldTV covered Hilary Clinton's visit to Berkshire County as First Lady, as part of a tour to restore historic American buildings - this week's #PCTVClassics could easily be called a sequel to that event.

On October 5, 2004, The Colonial Theatre held one last performance on the unrestored stage - this "curtain call" would commemorate the official transformation that would restore the building to its former glory.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlk89TxZJRo
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Contact Us

Office Hours:

Monday:
9:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday:
9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday:
9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday:
9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday:
9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday:
Closed

Sunday:
Closed

Production Facilities available
By Appointment Only

Send Us A Message:

Address:

4 Federico Drive
Suite 2
Pittsfield, MA 01201
USA

Phone number:

+1 413 445 4234

Fax number:

+1 413 445 4258

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Updated on 2016-07-21T17:15:26+00:00, by Administrator.