60 years since Reg Grundy debuted on Australian TV
From one Wheel of Fortune episode to a media empire.... Reg's TV legacy began in 1959.
1st September 1959 was the first ever television hosting by Reg Grundy on Wheel of Fortune, live on Channel Nine.
It would mark the beginning of The Reg Grundy Organisation (founded in 1960), later sold to Pearson Television which became FremantleMedia. In 2006 FremantleMedia merged Grundy Television and Crackerjack Productions to form Fremantle Australia.
Grundy produced game shows including Ampol Stamp Quiz, Concentration, Blind Date, Blankety Blanks, Perfect Match, Family Feud, I’ve Got A Secret, The Price Is Right, Personality Squares, and Sale of the Century and dramas such as The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, Neighbours.
A memorial planned by his widow Joy Chambers at the Sydney Opera House this month has been delayed but is expected to be rescheduled.