A new over-the-air TV channel is set to hit Austin’s airwaves this summer.
Buzzr TV will run on one of Fox-owned KTBC’s digital subchannels, featuring an assortment of classic game shows, Fox announced Tuesday.
Programs set to air at launch include “To Tell the Truth,” “Password,” “Match Game,” “Beat the Clock,” “What’s My Line,” “Blockbusters,” “Card Sharks,” the Monty Hall-hosted version of “Let’s Make a Deal” and older episodes of “Family Feud” featuring former hosts Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louis Anderson, Richard Karn and John O’Hurley.
FreemantleMedia North America and Debmar Mercury, syndicators of some of TV’s best-known game shows, are the companies behind Buzzr TV. Their initial deal calls for the network to air on Fox-owned stations nationwide, but they anticipate other broadcasters will pick it up, too.
“There is nothing else like Buzzr TV,” Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, said in a written statement. “It will be the only game show network operating in the digital multicast universe, providing stations with a highly marketable asset. We believe the depth of the FremantleMedia library will allow the network to secure its future, offering viewers a proven, quality and unique alternative to other digital channels.”
Buzzr TV will be KTBC’s second subchannel. It already airs Movies!, which features an assortment of classic films.
“Buzzr will be a great addition to our portfolio,” said Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations. “The possibilities to have fun creatively – and to make it fun for the viewer – are endless.”