Watch Our Three Channels

Don’t know what PCTV Channel the show you’re looking for is on?  Please use the general on-demand show search to the right, and access our entire library of programming!
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.

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.


Meet Pittsfield’s Very Own Video Production Staff!

Bernard Avalle

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 Kordana

Assistant to the Executive Director

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

Norm Schaffer

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Access Pittsfield Coordinator, Production Technician

Most individuals looking to create programming in the community find themselves working with Norm in his role as Coordinator of Access Pittsfield.

Shawn Serre

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

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

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.

Matthew Tucker

Production Technician

Serving the public in this multi-role position that supports the needs of the membership, Matthew is often found working in one of the station's many studios, especially behind the keyboard of the station's DEKO graphics system.

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.

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All of us here at PCTV would like to wish you and yours a Happy Halloween! Be mindful of young trick-or-treaters tonight, and enjoy this spookiest of nights...

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The PCTV Staff and Volunteers are gearing up to start our coverage of the 70th Annual Halloween Parade - tune in at 7:00pm on Access Pittsfield (Channel 16 or 116-3)! ...

Pittsfield's 70th Annual Halloween Parade

October 24, 2014, 7:00pm

Tyler Street

The Pittsfield Halloween Parade will be held on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. on Tyler Street. The parade will begin on Tyler Street at the corner of Tyler and Smith Streets and end at Woodlawn Ave. The following roads will be closed beginning at 5:00pm: Tyler Street from First Street to Pine Street. Burbank Street from Smith Street to Morningside School. The remainder of the route, Tyler Street from Pine Street to Woodlawn Ave, will be closed at 6:30 pm. There will be “no parking” on these streets after 5:00pm. All new parade participants must attend a mandatory meeting on Monday, October 20th in room 203 of City Hall, 70 Allen Street. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. One representative of each new organization must attend a meeting if they plan to be in the parade. For further information, please check out the following link:

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Updated on 2014-09-11T13:55:29+00:00, by Administrator.