Pop-up channel to broadcast Oscar trial

2014-01-30 00:00

NEGOTIATIONS are underway with South Africa’s legal authorities to get permission to stream live footage from the Oscar Pistorius trial on DStv channel 199.

MultiChoice revealed yesterday that they intend hosting a 24-hour channel — The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel — around the trial of the paralympian for the murder of his girlfriend, model and reality TV star Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year.

Shot three times with one of Pistorius’s own handguns, Steenkamp’s death stunned the world.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty, claiming the shooting was a terrible accident, and that he mistook her for a burglar.

Maud Nale, spokesperson for MultiChoice, said discussions were currently underway with the trial judge, who is expected to make a decision on whether or not any part of the trial can be broadcast live just before the proceedings get underway.

In the meantime, a range of content has been prepared for the channel, including documentaries, profiles and in-depth expert analysis.

It will begin broadcasting from the morning of March 2, the day before Pistorius is set to appear in court, and will continue 24-hours a day until the trial ends.

Speaking about the new pop-up channel, Aletta Alberts, the head of content for MultiChoice, said: “We previously added dedicated channels for special events such as Idols and Big Brother.

“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.”

The channel content is being put together by the producers of Carte Blanche.

“The Carte Blanche producers were the obvious choice to create and package the channel. Their mantra of ‘You have the right to see it all’ ensures viewers will get fair and balanced coverage of the trial,” Alberts said.

Should the Pistorius trial be postponed or adjourned for any reason, MultiChoice will close the pop-up channel.

• The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel will be available to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers.

• Pistorius’s criminal trial is scheduled to run in the Pretoria High Court from Monday, March 3 to Thursday, March 20.

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