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Jools finds new home at Maidstone Studios

The BBC's flagship music show, Later Live - with Jools Holland, returns next week (9 April) and will be broadcast from The Maidstone Studios in Kent. The programme had to look for a new home after the closure for redevelopment of BBC Television Centre.
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The BBC's flagship music show, Later Live - with Jools Holland, returns next week (9 April) and will be broadcast from The Maidstone Studios in Kent. The programme had to look for a new home after the closure for redevelopment of BBC Television Centre (TVC) in west London. The new eight show series, presented by pianist and bandleader Jools Holland (pictured), will be broadcast live on BBC2/BBC2 HD Tuesdays, with an extended repeat the following Friday. The production has been a fixture at TVC but was left looking for new facilities that met its needs. BBC Studios and Post Production has moved to the BBC's studios at Elstree and will also use the commercial Elstree Film Studios but these were not deemed suitable. Pinewood Studios was another contender but the initial contract for the new series has gone to Maidstone Studios. The studios' chairman, Geoff Miles, says he checked with "the sound people", including Later's long-standing sound supervisor Mike Felton, that the facilities had the right sound equipment before "throwing our hat into the ring". He adds, "I had to know that we weren't offering something that wouldn't work before we started negotiations." Mike Felton, who works on the show with sound supervisor Tudor Davies, says he "voiced his preference" for both studios and mixing consoles. "The desk we used at TVC was a Studer Vista 8, which we've been using for at least eight years and couldn't bear the thought of working on anything else," he comments. Later will be staged in Maidstone's Studio 5, which offers 12000 square feet of space. The audio control room houses a Vista 8, which Felton says is able to handle the 160-channels necessary: "This is not an average run of the mill show. It is live on the first broadcast but we need to make 5.1 stems for the repeat, which is mixed at Ace Post. There's 160-channels of music and we need access to everything. The Vista 8 has lots of levels and a good design of user interface." www.maidstonestudios.com

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