I'm sure it wasn't a case of 'Pat Thingy' himself deciding what or what not to buy!
But surely it would have been cheap to rent out space? I do know the IFC did use the studio for many other productions, during the 90s.
I suppose a company has to be based in a building somewhere. They bought a company with premises and facilities, they need those things, why wouldn't they use them
They rented out excess space in Maidstone to other companies
How did UK gold get on air?
It was started at Thames Euston in it's final few months on air using facilities there. Then it moved to Molinaire. However it was just a repeats channel - operationally it was essentially on person and a load of tapes
At least with MTV/vh1/nick etc there all come the TVAM studios so it made it more cost effective.
Well again it's a very different case (and I don't think Nick came from that building, for years it was in Rathbone Place) - more channels, more production and a bigger company.