SA gets second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius TV channel

2014-02-28 12:53

Besides MultiChoice’s Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel starting on Sunday on channel 199 on DStv, South African viewers are now getting an additional, second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius channel, which will be bringing viewers around the clock court and news coverage of the sensational court trial.

The Paralympic athlete shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year. His court trial will start on Monday in which he stands accused of premeditated murder.

Besides MultiChoice’s DStv channel, the Sabido-owned OpenView HD (OVHD) satellite TV platform from Platco Digital, is now adding its own dedicated Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel to feed the huge interest in the case.

OVHD will launch its Trial TV: The State vs Oscar Pistorius TV channel on Monday on channel 119, and will bring viewers live court proceedings from the Pretoria High Court daily from 10am to 4pm. Court proceedings will be repeated on a 24-hour basis.

“OpenView HD is pleased to be able to broadcast the Oscar Pistorius trial live on our platform,” says Maxwell Nonge, the managing director of Platco Digital.

“The decision to provide our viewers access to information of public interest is in line with our commitment to afford OpenView HD viewers with as broad a range of programming as we have at our disposal.

“There has been a lot if interest around the Oscar Pistorius case among our viewers, therefore we would like to afford our viewers the opportunity to witness and follow the trial of Oscar Pistorius as it happens,” says Monde Twala, e.tv’s head of channels.

Besides the OVHD Oscar Pistorius TV channel, the e.tv group will also do heavy coverage of the Oscar Pistorius court trial on e.tv’s eNews Prime Time daily news bulletin, as well as on the eNCA (DStv 403) 24-hour TV channel.

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