I am a communicator with over thirty years experience in the Broadcast and communications industry. After thirty years at the BBC working as a Journalist, Radio Producer and Presenter, Television Director and Series Producer of BBC Scotland’s long running countryside magazine, “Landward”, I set up my own media consultancy to offer a range of services to clients.
I am the Communications Director for the Isle of Skye's Destination Management Organisation, Skyeconnect and produce and present the Skyetime Podcast - https://skyetimepodcast.buzzsprout.com
I am The Executive Producer of the Royal Highland Showcase 2021 - 7 days of live competition streamed across four online channels.
I am a consultant on, and editor of, online TV programmes for a major Scottish Consultancy business - SRUC's FAS-TV.
I script, film, edit and produce corporate films for a range of small, medium and large clients across Scotland. I provide Voice Over for corporate films. I run training course and webinars for clients looking to develop their media skills, and I teach Broadcast Journalism to Post Graduate students at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.
Whatever your communications need, I will guarantee highly professional service that will always over deliver. Please check out my testimonials sections for examples of client feedback.
There are more media outlets now than ever before. But that doesn’t make it any easier to get your story or message out to your target audience.
I can help you devise a communications strategy and tailor your story to suit different media outlets. I spent fifteen years as a Television Producer commissioning thousands of stories that came to me from a range of sources. I know what journalists, producers and editors are looking for and how to get it to them.
Facing the media in any of its forms can be one of the most daunting experiences imaginable. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With an understanding of how to conduct yourself, the language to use and the key messages to convey, it can be an enjoyable experience and enhance your corporate reputation.
With thirty year’s Broadcast experience I can show you how to convey the right impression. Working with an experienced broadcast cameraman we can recreate realistic media situations to enable you to practise techniques and review your performance. Training can be conducted on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. An after-sales consultation service is all part of the package.
I can produce your Corporate videos or website content with the look, sound and production values of high-end Television.
Either shooting and editing myself or working in collaboration with broadcast cameramen and editors, I can manage the production process through from concept to scripting and treatment, filming, editing and final delivery.
I am available to consult on Television or Radio projects from initial proposal through to production, post production and delivery.
I am available to host your conference or seminar, keeping the programme on schedule and on topic as well as controlling Q+A sessions.
The work you did for us for the World One Health conference session was excellent. Your warmth and professional manner, made all of our participants in the session feel at ease during the interviews and you were able to elicit a very interesting and insightful discussion. The feedback from the conference was unanimously positive. We would be delighted to work with you again in the future.
Professor Lisa Boden, Joint-Chair, WOHC 2020
Simon worked with us to develop and produce a series of videos for promotional purposes and for use with our clients. He has a wealth of experience and expertly managed the process. We very much enjoyed working with him and are delighted with the films.
Rhona Macdonald, Moredun Scientific
We have recently commissioned Simon Cousins Media to produce a film for the Moredun Foundation to be the centrepiece of our centenary celebrations. Simon was an absolute pleasure to work with and he delivered an engaging and entertaining film using his considerable story-telling and journalist skills to highlight the achievements, ethos and future aspirations of our organisation and we are delighted with the result. Simon was very professional and diplomatic in all his interactions with us concerning the scope of the project, the scripting, selection of subjects and film locations and he delivered on time and on budget and everyone involved in making the film greatly enjoyed the experience. We would have no hesitation in recommending Simon Cousins Media and would certainly work with Simon again.
PROFESSOR LEE INNES, Director of Communications, Moredun Institute
Simon has proved an invaluable service to the SkyeConnect board and our project officer Alistair. He has both proactively researched and written stories with some of the key and exciting new tourism operators on the Isle of Skye and reactively responded to negative publicity for the island. Simon has an easy to read engaging writing style which captures the imagination and leads the reader onwards through the narrative. Simon has been easy to work with and has shed a new and different perspective on many of the issues that I as Chair, and the board have been grappling with since the inception of Skye Connect. Overall Simon has done a lot of the work at getting good news about Skye out there in the media which has led to the dramatic turnaround of the press’ perspective of Skye as a destination.
DAVE TILL, Chair, Skyeconnect
The additional content that Simon’s video clips have brought to our website has been wonderful ……. The “analytics" indicate that the punters like them as well.
Alistair Danter, Edinbane self-catering
Check out this great video
On the 24th of August 2020 , Skye's first official flag was raised at the Nicolson Memorial in Portree. After a year-long competition, a public vote resulted in nine-year-old Calum Alasdair Munro's design being chosen.
The search has begun for a flag design to represent the Isle of Skye. The competition, organised by the West Highland Free Press and supported by Highland Council and SkyeConnect, is open to people of all ages from anywhere on the planet. The competition is being guided by the Court of the Lord Lyon - the ancient body responsible for the registration of all flags and Coats of Arms.
This is a film I recently produced, filmed and edited for the Moredun Research Institute. The film is being used to raise awareness in the sheep farming industry of a significant disease - OPA.
Here's the Film we made for the Moredun Foundation.
Tigh Dubh (The Black house)