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DStv starting an Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel

2014-01-29 11:32
Reeva Steenkamp Oscar Pistorius
Cape Town – MultiChoice is launching an Oscar Pistorius TV channel on 2 March on DStv to give viewers rolling coverage of the Oscar Pistorius court trial.

The trial, in which Pistorius is charged for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year on Valentines Day, is scheduled to start on Monday 3 March, and is set to continue to 20 March in the Pretoria High Court.

It's not yet clear whether the trial judge will allow any of the Pistorius trial to be filmed or broadcast live – a decision will be made closer to the time.

MultiChoice is however going ahead with plans for an Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel which will go live on 2 March, the day before the trial is set to start. Combined Artistic Productions will be primarily responsible for producing content for the channel which will run on channel 199 on DStv.

Combined Artistic Productions also did the Nelson Mandela tribute channel on channel 199 on DStv at the end of 2013 following the death of the elderly statesman.

The channel will run documentaries, interviews, profile segments as well as in-depth analysis of the court case, the star personalities who will testify, and on Pistorius.

"This channel will give our viewers in-depth coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial, with a rich variety of content and social media integration," says Aletta Alberts, MultiChoice's head of content.

"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 trail," says Alberts.

The Oscar Pistorius TV channel will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Extra and DStv Compact subscribers.

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