Advanced filming technology will not disturb Oscar trial

By Drum Digital
19 February 2014

MultiChoice and Eyewitness News (EWN) plan to use high-end technology to broadcast the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

According to Timeslive the broadcasters intend to use unmanned, remote-controlled high-definition cameras to record the court proceedings.

Multichoice and EWN made an application to broadcast the trial, while a special DStv 24-hour channel will be launched on March 2 for full coverage of the trial.

This footage would also be made available to other stations for use in news stories.

According to Timeslive, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said they would not oppose the media’s application to film and broadcast proceedings.

But spokesperson, Nathi Mncube, did say there would be conditions in place if the application was passed.  He gave no detail on what some of these might be.

Frank Snyckers of MultiChoice and Eyewitness News said the high-tech equipment they plan to use would not be obtrusive as it would be controlled remotely: "In fact, the trial judge can be given the means to deactivate the recording," he said.

While there won’t be any contest from the NPA, Oscar’s legal team is said to be planning to oppose this application, Timeslive reported.

The star athlete, who is accused of killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 last year, will have his trial from March 3 to 20 at the Pretoria High Court.

By Sibusisiwe Nyanda

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