Group acquires AmericanLife network

Robert A. Schuller among buyers

Robert A. Schuller, former minister on the weekly show "The Hour of Power," is part of the team that has acquired the independent AmericanLife TV Network in an effort to change the face of "family friendly" programming.

Schuller, the only son of Crystal Cathedral founder and current pastor Robert H. Schuller, has partnered with former CBS producer and founder Chris Wyatt at ComStar Networks to purchase AmericanLife for an undisclosed sun.

ALN, formerly owned by the Unification Church, has more than 12.7 million cable subscribers and a library of 700-plus hours of programming. With the slogan "Your Baby Boomer TV choice," it runs mostly reruns. Changes under ComStar will include a network rebranding as a destination for family values and more original content, execs said.

Schuller accepted the "Hour of Power" host role from his father in a public ceremony in 2006 but left abruptly in October, citing irreconcilable differences. "Hour of Power" is said to be the most watched Christian program in the world with an estimated 20 million viewers each week. Schuller said he will have a new series for ALN in the fall.

Schuller, chairman of ComStar, and Wyatt, as president and CEO, will oversee the network.