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How to find a television job in Scotland

A number of people based in Scotland have been asking for advice on who to approach and where to find work experience or running jobs in television. I confess I don’t personally know many television production companies in Scotland but we’ve done a bit of research and come up with the following useful tip:

PACT has a list of television companies who are members of their association. Pact is the UK’s leading trade association for over 450 companies who produce and exploit content across the TV, film, children’s, animation and interactive media sectors.

That list is not necessarily comprehensive – not everyone will be a member but it’s a good place to start.

You cannot join PACT unless you are part of a registered television organisation but you can access the company search facility as a guest via this link:

https://www.pact.co.uk/Homepage/OLS/Company_Search/

Just choose the region you are interested in from the drop down menu. If it is specifically production companies you are wanting, then simply choose Production under Business Activities.

The two biggies, of course, are Scottish Television and the BBC.

You’ve probably already found the BBC site at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home

And you check out STV’s web site at:

http://www.stv.tv/

If you search around long enough you’ll find the contact name and email for jobs at STV:  it says for career opportunities, contact:

Paula Gray

Tel: 0141 300 3000

Email: tvhr@stv.tv

Not sure how helpful any of that is but it’s a start. If anyone can add any more useful contacts in Scotland then please do!

And of course you can use the PACT list to search production companies in other parts of the country.

3 comments

  • Jack says:

    Thanks for this post Siubhan. It’s incredibly hard trying to get a job in tv in Scotland. I have already sent my CV to a lot of the companies in and around Glasgow, but I have only had a reply from Lion TV, who said no. I’m going to keep on trying, and send off a CV to STV.

    • I’m trying to find more contacts and information about television productions based in Scotland so keep watching this space, Jack! And let us know how you get on.

      • Jack says:

        Thanks Shu. I have already had some experience at the BBC in Glasgow, and I went to ITV in Manchester for Work Inspiration and might even get work experience there soon, but I will keep checking on here for jobs closer to home.

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