Oscar Pistorius trial gets its own TV channel

2014-01-29 10:48

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Determined not to miss a single moment of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial? Considering renting a flat in Pretoria just so you can be close to the action?

There’s no need to panic, says MultiChoice: it is launching a “24-hour pop-up channel” on DStv’s channel 199 dedicated entirely to the Pistorius trial, which starts on March 3 in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

“The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel will feature round-the-clock coverage of the legal proceedings, as well as exclusive documentaries, profiles and in-depth expert analysis,” MultiChoice said in a statement today.

It may not actually involve live action from the courtroom, since the trial judge still needs to decide what can or cannot be broadcast live.

This is the first use of a pop-up channel for a news event, though MultiChoice has previously dedicated channels to reality TV shows like Idols and Big Brother.

For those with long memories, the pop-up channel is an echo of the wall-to-wall coverage given to football star OJ Simpson’s murder trial in the US during the mid 1990s.

“This pop-up channel will give our viewers in-depth coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial, with a rich variety of content and social media integration,” said Aletta Alberts, the head of content for MultiChoice in the statement.

The channel will be put together by the producers of investigative series Carte Blanche.

The trial has been set down from March 3 to March 20.

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