Easthampton Media’s executive director fired


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

EASTHAMPTON — The executive director of Easthampton’s public access television station was fired from Easthampton Media on Friday, according to the company’s lawyer.

David Mintz, of Northampton Law, said it would not be appropriate for him or Easthampton Media to comment at this time about the underlying causes for the termination of director Kathleen Lynch’s employment.

He said he could only confirm that Lynch’s employment with Easthampton Media ended on Friday, and that she was employed as an at-will employee, and was not under contract with the company.

“The decision was made to serve the best interests of the organization and viewers,” Mintz said.

Lynch declined to comment when reached Tuesday.

Mintz confirmed that Lynch was on a two-week, non-disciplinary paid leave as director of Easthampton Media in April, after which she returned to her position for around two weeks before her employment ended.

Formerly Easthampton Community Access Television Inc., Easthampton Media Inc. is a private nonprofit that tapes and broadcasts government meetings in Easthampton and Southampton and provides equipment, facilities and instruction to community members for television programs and videos.

According to Easthampton Media’s website, Lynch first worked with the company from 1997 to 2000 and returned in 2010 as a digital media coordinator before becoming the company’s executive director.

In 2017, the company moved from a small space at White Brook Middle School to a 3,000-square-foot space in the Eastworks building on Pleasant Street after receiving $172,000 in cultural facilities grant money from the state.

Inquiries to Easthampton Media staff were directed to Mintz.

M.J. Tidwell can be reached at mjtidwell@gazettenet.com.