The Caledonian Television Company

Getting in touch? -We don't actually bite but...

Ours is a 'strictly no nonsense' service; a business-like approach aimed at people who really mean business. One of the main reasons we can offer professional video production services at such low cost is our policy of eliminating cost-drivers that don't contribute to the final quality of your programme. 

We don't, for example, expect you to pay through the nose to hang out at 'free' bar in some expensive city-centre 'loft' filled with laptop-huddling hipsters; there primarily to give you the hard-sell!  We don't indulge corporate fantasists and rote managers who seek some sort of 'adult crèche' or theme-park style 'fantasy-film-making' experience day! - And you'll find no billion dollar Del Boy fairy stories about being big names on the international trading scene here!

 - We just don't do the mug's eyeful!  We're proud to work in
in the interests of ordinary Scottish businesses.

We offer a professional video production service for industry, delivered to industry standards at low cost. We pride ourselves on being approachable, reasonable, pragmatic and down to earth; but we don't suffer fools.

Generally speaking the best way to make initial contact with us is by good old-fashioned email; during the working week we guarantee a response within 24 hours - normally much quicker. Standard Office Hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm Mon-Fri excluding Scottish public holidays.  

We are always pleased to hear from legitimate UK-based service providers and potential operational partners. - However, we do take a zero-tolerance approach towards spam and spammers.

admin@caledoniantv.com.

SPAM POLICIES:

The above email address is NOT subscribed to any marketing email list; inclusion in any such list is specifically disallowed and a breach of data protection laws. Spammers are unceremoniously and immediately blocked and added to shared global blacklists; we employ a very effective system of server-level filters including the blocking of entire TLDs, IP ranges and spam servers. This particularly applies to the seemingly endless stream of nonsense from Eastern Europe, India and Africa! 

CALLING US:

While the pandemic made it mainstream, we first embraced remote working over 25 years ago in the days of ISDN and QuickCam. That operational strategy is now well-evolved over a quarter-century to minimise costs and the consumption of resources, while maximising security.  

Our main telephone number is staffed on an ad-hoc basis (by production staff) supported by a 24-hour answer service; we don't employ telephonists or receptionists. This arrangement has worked extremely well for a great many years now; however please understand that while calls do usually get answered by knowledgeable people who can answer most basic questions on the spot - we may well have to call you back if otherwise engaged. 

Our telephone number for production enquiries is;

0131 202 6230

Respectfully, we ask telesales operatives simply not to call - we really just don't have the time!

For security reasons, should you wish that we call you back we require a CHECKABLE UK LANDLINE number (not a mobile) for your business that we can contact you at.  - We only deal with business and professional clients who have a legitimate trading base within the UK. 


Current Availability...


We strongly encourage clients to contact us at the earliest possible stage in their project to discuss possible filming dates.  It's not at all unusual for us to be in discussions with respect to projects which are a year or more in the future!

Lead times between placing a deposit with us and filming taking place are typically a minimum of 6-8 weeks to allow for scripting and general planning.  However, the more time taken at the planning stage the better! 

WE CURRENTLY HAVE LIMITED SHOOTING CAPACITY AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY THE 6th OF MAY 2024 FOR PRODUCTIONS BOOKED BY  MARCH THE 23rd 2024.  


Location, Location, Location!

The Caledonian Television Company

Where we operate - Where we don't - Core policies.

Primarily our services are aimed at Scottish businesses.   -The Caledonian Television Company™ is currently based on the outskirts of Edinburgh on the border with West Lothian, which gives us easy access to Livingston, the M8 corridor, the Clyde Coast and Dunbartonshire, the M9 towards the Perth and Dundee areas, the A1 South towards the Scottish Borders and of course the A71 which provides a fast link to Kilmarnock and Ayrshire. 

We mainly seek to serve businesses in the Scottish Central Belt, Dumbarton and the West Highlands, Stirling, Fife, Lothians, the Borders and East Coast as far north as Arbroath. However, we do also routinely cover Northumbria, Cumbria and beyond; and are pleased to consider enquiries from almost-all other parts of the British Isles with the notable exception of London and the area inside the M25 ring.  - Remote services (editing, graphics, scripting etc.) are of course available to all.

LEZ, CAZ and Congestion/Charging zone policies.

These are fairly simple; we do not take any vehicle of any kind into any kind of congestion charging or 'low emissions' zone whether the vehicle is 'compliant' or 'exempt' or not... or whether the zone is 'live' or not. Clearly, these places don't actually want vehicular traffic and we're happy to help them achieve that aim. - We're just not going there!

To be clear on this point - this also makes it impractical for us to do business in such areas. 


DATA SECURITY POLICIES.

GDPR - This website uses NO cookies nor do we gather or monitor personally identifiable information about visitors. Third-party sites such as Google or YouTube may gather visitor information in relation to media embedded in this site.

In operational terms we may retain personal information about third parties for the core business purposes specifically permitted under UK General Data Protection Regulations. i.e. Staff administration, accounts, invoices payments etc. and advertising, marketing and public relations in connection with our own business activities.

SOCIAL MEDIA - We do stress that we are entirely capable and happy to produce content for your social media presence... and offer no criticism of those businesses that make the business decision to use social media.  However, we don't feel it's right for us, and are happy to explain why we are almost-absent from these platforms. 

We deal with sensitive commercial information on a routine basis.  From basic marketing plans to embargoed news and complex corporate information; keeping our clients' data safe and secure is absolutely core to our business.   Non disclosure (therefore NDA) is central to our policies - but just as importantly, we do everything we can, beyond the basics, to ensure that information entrusted to us is kept secure...

We generally don't use 'cloud services', 'apps', messaging services or social media; not because of any 'Luddite tendencies' or any lack of understanding  - but because we've been involved in computing since the mid 80s, actually are qualified technicians, and do understand only too well how these things work and the risks involved.   - You may find 'holding' pages for us on certain social media platforms; these will however be more or less inactive. 

We particularly don't use 'WhatsApp' or similar 'I.M.' services for the simple reason that we do not believe them to be secure or or appropriate in a professional environment.  - These applications exist to 'simplify' computing for people who don't really understand computing! They're certainly not anything new or innovative - and are basically 'data mines' for remote commercial interests. We see the risks associated with them as too great.

POLITICAL AND OTHER CONTENTIOUS ORGANISATIONS.

The Caledonian Television Company™ is and seeks to remain a politically-neutral company.  Whilst we DO produce material for public service organisations and groups, (public information films etc.) we do not produce videos for politicians,  political parties, political organisations or political pressure groups of any kind, nor do we endorse them. 

We do not deal with material which we consider to be of an obscene (i.e. so-called 'adult') or violent nature.  For the avoidance of doubt, this includes violent 'sports'.  We reserve the right to pass material we think may be unlawful directly to the relevant authorities. 

Caledonian Television™ takes a particularly firm stance against racism, classism and sectarian bias and indeed all forms of bias in relation to both legally protected characteristics and other birth/circumstantial characteristics.  However, we reserve the right to withhold service or simply 'not get involved' with any individual or group where in the personal opinion of our proprietors, it is not in our best interests to do so.