Getting in touch? - We don't bite but..
Last update - 25TH AUGUST 2021
Having actually experienced
COVID-19, and survived it despite a debilitating chronic respiratory
condition, the sole proprietor of this business is in no hurry
to take silly chances!
This really hasn't been easy! -
For the sake of safety we were forced to withdraw all mobile crews from
service back in March 2020. During the whole of the COVID Crisis we
have received absolutely nothing by way of help or support to mitigate our
losses. But then, in the 35 years we've been in business we never have
received so much as a blind penny in cash nor kind by way of help or
assistance from any agency, let alone the government! So this is par
for the course.
Despite this hardship - we won't
now be returning production crews to the road before Monday the 4th
of OCTOBER 2021 AT THE VERY EARLIEST. Pre-production activities such
as planning and scripting as well as post production (editing, auditing
graphics etc) are offered remotely AND WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN to
The reasons for this are fairly
simple - We simply have no confidence in the UK Government's handling of
the COVID-19 crisis - particularly in relation to the game of 'Russian
Roulette' which seems to be set in place for England. Holyrood's
behaviour isn't really much better. On the 24th of August Scotland
returned record levels of new cases! - And we are very conscious that we
are at the end of summer with the colder weather of a damp Autumn and
Winter very close.
Our wider concern is that both the
Scottish Government and that of the UK are playing more of a political
game rather than putting public safety first. We don't trust them! And as
keen as we all are to get back to work we value health and safety over
politically motivated rhetoric. - Our strong suspicion, based on the
information we have from friends and operational partners, is that there
may well be another wave in the Autumn and into the Winter of 2021/22...
We are fortunate in that the
nature of our service usually means a minimum six-eight week lead time
between first enquiry and filming... And it's always been our advice
that the sooner we start talking the better. - So it's not too early
now to be taking the first steps towards putting together programmes that
will shoot in early 2022. And almost-certainly by the time we get to
shooting any programme planned today, we will have a much clearer idea of
the 'state of play' regarding the virus, and hopefully be in a much-less
restricted world. For our part, we will be sticking strictly to the
rules and regarding operational restrictions - and always seeking to
achieve 'best practice' in infection control.
Please note that for the time
being (and probably until late summer 2022) we will only be filming within
a roughly 125 road-mile limit of Livingston, West Lothian, and will not be
undertaking any work which requires an overnight stay. - Additionally,
we will NOT be operating at all in England.
We're happy to engage with
scripting and planning activities now. We also continue to (remotely)
provide research, post production and audit services for broadcast
All initial enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a brief outline of your requirements,
and well get back to you as quickly as we possibly can.
Respectfully - we do ask
those involved in Telesales and email marketing really not to waste our
time or theirs! We're always very happy to hear from
potential production partners and relevant service providers -
but we're utterly weary of the constant stream of calls from 'accident
claims', telecoms, insurance etc. - In particular, we have
absolutely NO interest in buying ad space in any paid directory or
publication - and NO interest whatsoever in 'business finance', BITCOIN or
'investment opportunities! - Nobody here is a mug!
Similarly - please DON'T contact
us to offer to redesign the website... If we do ever feel the need
to revamp the site we'll be taking that business to a UK-based firm.
Please note too that we could not care less about 'SEO' or 'Google Rank'
and we don't want an App!
Our main telephone number is staffed on an ad-hoc basis (by the
production staff) supported by a 24-hour answer service. In practice,
staff are generally available able to deal with telephone enquiries for
well over 80% of the working week - please remember that this is a part
of our cost-cutting strategy which is designed to keep the end cost to
you, the client, down. Bona-fide clients and partners are provided
with an unpublished business mobile number for their assigned project
manager as well as a direct email address for them.
Our office telephone number is;
0131 202 6230
Please note that due to persistent
crank callers this number REJECTS calls from withheld numbers.
This landlline number also REJECTS
calls from text services!
Standard Office Hours
are 10:00am - 4:00pm Mon-Fri excluding Scottish public
holidays. For security reasons, should
your call go to voicemail we ask that you leave us a UK
LANDLINE number (not a mobile) that we can contact
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION...
Primarily, our services are aimed at Scottish businesses.
- The Caledonian Television Company™ is based on the outskirts of
Edinburgh on the border with West Lothian, which gives us easy access to
Livingston, the M8 corridor and Glasgow, the Clyde Coast and
Dunbartonshire, the M9 towards Fife and Perth, the A1 South towards the
Scottish Borders and of course the A71 which provides a fast link to
Kilmarnock and Ayrshire. Primarily, we seek to serve businesses in
the Scottish Central Belt, West Coast , Dumbarton and the West
Highlands, Stirling, Fife, Lothians, Borders and East Coast.
Please not that we have not offered any service inside the M25 for over
a decade now due to restrictive transport policies in the London
area. As the direct result of the irresponsible way in which
COVID-19 were lifted in July 2021, we don't feel it's likely to be safe
to be sending crews to work 'over the border' before mid-2022.
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, we do not produce videos for
politicians, political parties, political organisations or
political pressure groups of any kind, nor do we endorse them. -
Caledonian Television™ takes a particularly firm stance against racism,
classism and sectarian bias - and all forms of bias in relation to
legally protected characteristics and other birth/circumstantial
BROADCAST AND DVD ENQUIRIES
The Caledonian Television Company™ -
also known as Caledonian TV™ and
- are trading styles used by the Scottish cameraman and television
producer Matt Quinn, since October 1986 - these are now trade
marks of The Caledonian Television Company Ltd and are used
under exclusive licence. - Whilst we do
provide crew for newsgathering and independent broadcast production -
we generally don't make complete broadcast programmes under the Caledonian
Please note in particular that we do not hold the rights to any
programme you may have seen on the BBC at any time! We are not and never
have been involved in the production or promotion of Gaelic or Sports
programmes. And unfortunately we really cannot assist you in tracing
clips from or DVDs of any such programme!