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Greg Dolan is headed to the Danvers cable access station – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved

The board of Bedford Community Access Television (BedfordTV) has announced the departure of executive director Greg Dolan who is leaving on Friday, July 13, to manage the cable access station in Danvers.

“While we are very sorry to lose Greg,” said BedfordTV board chair Bob Dutton, “the board and all of us at Bedford TV wish him the very best in his new role. And, we’re sure he won’t miss the commute up and down Rt. 95!”

To serve all of Bedford, not just its cable subscribers, Dolan and the BedfordTV staff have successfully used social media to make the station’s local government meeting coverage, the weekly news round-up based in part on news from The Bedford Citizen, and locally-produced public access programs available to anyone with an Internet connection via the station’s YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/BedfordTVMA. And in successfully live streaming JGMS and BHS graduation ceremonies, far-flung family members gained immediate access to these important events.

In diversifying Bedford’s public programming Dolan has led BedfordTV to a pair of national awards for best station in Bedford’s budget category along with multiple regional honors.

A sense of fun and acceptance has permeated Bedford TV under Dolan’s leadership, and the studio is always humming. More than one volunteer has noted that the station has become vital to their sense of community. Bedford TV volunteers come in all shapes and range in age from young mentors in grade school video production classes to cameraman Al Fay, a stalwart, born-in-Bedford senior citizen.

Working in collaboration with Bedford Youth and Family Services as well as the Recreation Department, a series of video production classes has drawn a steady stream of students from Grade 3 to 12. Using a mentorship program developed through Rotary International, as each student finishes a class she is invited to return as a mentor for students in the following class. Earlier this year the students produced a video showcase to exhibit their features and short subjects, sharing the fun with friends and family along with Bedford’s new film critic, Johnny Vaught. Click this link to watch his review of the festival.

Dolan is leaving huge shoes to fill, but the board is committed to finding the best possible candidate to replace him. The word out among local professionals and the board is soliciting the assistance of staff and the extended BTV family to identify potential candidates. The board asks for the community’s assistance and patience during this transition.

“Please let us know if you have any concerns or suggestions to make the process go as smoothly as possible,” added Dutton. BedfordTV can be reached by phone at 781-275-5004, or by email at bod@bedford.tv.

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