The Caledonian Television Company

Broadcast equipped - Legitimately qualified - Decades of experience!

Based just outside Edinburgh, Caledonian TV™ is a family-owned, family-run, television consultancy. We write, produce and direct low cost video programmes to meet business needs such as sales, marketing, training, web video, advertising and for commercial release.  We also provide research and crew for broadcast television, newsgathering and documentary.

The service we provide is for those that really are serious about business - who properly understand that to rise above the 'black noise' of the internet requires a professional approach that is focused on quality. Unusually - while we do work to 'blue chip' standards - Caledonian TV™ specialise in meeting the needs of those with very restricted budgets. Our main interest is in serving small businesses such as ambitious startups, sole traders, public service groups, micro businesses and SMEs; solving a problem where previously it was difficult or impossible to afford to hire genuine professionals with the proper kit necessary to get results on a par with broadcast television. This is achieved simply by operating on lean production principles, prioritising customer value and eliminating waste. 

The key difference between us, and those that describe themselves as videographers or 'video marketers' is that Caledonian TV™ actively project-manage the production process in exactly the same way as programmes for broadcast TV are made - we do that to ensure the quality and legality of your programme. We are also genuine professionals - properly trained and qualified, specifically in TV production through legitimate UK academic institutions.  - Strictly no 'randoms', no 'space cadets' (former or otherwise) nor dreamers or gimmicks - just genuine professionals doing the job they're qualified to do!

What's more, we're properly equipped - filming with real TV cameras and (not DSLRs!) and working to recognised industry (EBU) standards - with broadcast sound and lighting.  

As we only invove ourselves in the making of programmes, there is no misleading upsell. - We won't, for example, try to flog you overpriced hosting or 'SEO' services. We don't pretend to be 'web designers' or 'social media gurus'.  Nor will we hold your final programme 'hostage' through some dodgy 'video marketing' deal!  - We're here to serve thedesign,  marketing and PR community - not poach work from it!

Originally established in 1986, on the site of the old Caledonian Railway's yards in Glasgow's Springburn district, Caledonian Television™ is still owned and run by its founder Matt Quinn; an ITV-trained broadcast professional - and former Lecturer in Television Production - with almost forty years of genuine broadcast experience under his belt!

Video production for business that actually means business!

Properly trained people with the right kit - The real deal!

The service we offer is aimed at serious professionals with limited resources. - Credible businesses that really do punch above their weight and go head-to-head with the big corporates. That's why our production management system has been developed to meet or exceed the standards required by major UK broadcasters as well as wider industry. It is compliant with recognised quality assurance standards and with project management protocols such as Prince-II. That means we provide full professional copyright and IP management with a proper audit trail, which is increasingly important as the effects of the EU's 'Article 13' start to impact on online materias. We will ensure that the making of your film is planned almost down to the last shot before we even pick up a camera - eliminating possiblythe major cost-driver; time being wasted while expensive resources are deployed.

We'll keep your sensitive commercial information secure, operate safely at your location to OHSAS 18001 standards and mitigate business risk by project managing your production with ISO9001 compliance. Unlike many others, we use genuine (tier 2J) high definition broadcast television cameras of the kind regularly used for filming broadcast news and documentaries. We also use traditional broadcast lighting and sound equipment - what's more, we do have the training, skills, and experience to utilise these effectively!  We only ever employ crew who have been trained by a British broadcaster and/or have completed a recognised course of education at a properly-recognised UK college or university. Your finished programme will be mastered to the same specifications used by most European broadcasters for topical content. The end result is ready to upload to the internet to embed on your website or to stream, distribute on DVD (either in PAL or NTSC as you might require) or Blu-Ray, or  'wrap' to the European AS-11 protocol for broadcast.

You can even show your finished film in almost any modern digitally-equipped commercial cinema!

Care to talk? No cost, no obligation, no hard-sell or silly sales patter! Just an honest, face-to-face chat with one of our project managers. We're always pleased to hear from potential clients and partners, and invite you to talk to us, without any obligation or pressure, as early as possible in your project.

Please bear in mind that we operate a structured production system which is designed to protect your business interests and budget. This means there is generally at least a six-to-eight week 'lead time' between commissioning your programme and the commencement of filming. Post production (editing and finishing) generally takes between ten days and two weeks in most cases.  - But the bottom line is that the sooner we start talking the better and more efficiently we'll be able to meet your needs.

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