DStv starting an Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel

2014-01-29 11:32
Thinus Ferreira
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.


  • Carla Smith - 2014-01-29 11:39

    Cashing in on the biggest circus in town. Ka-ching! OJ V2.0

      Robert Nachenius - 2014-01-29 12:23

      Indeed, but lets face it, all media (including News24) have the same motive.

      SIMPLYSOUTHAFRICAN - 2014-01-29 13:26

      Do I want to see this slime ball on TV ?? NOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!! Do I want to see this slime ball in prison ?? YESSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!

  • FlouNul Boelie - 2014-01-29 11:51

    They will be disappointed because there is not going to be a trial. The parties concerned are going to reach a plea agreement.

      Inhlanzi Bold - 2014-01-29 12:43

      Thanks for the inside info Flou, you work for Oscar's defence team of the prosecutors?

      Anuschka Klusmann - 2014-01-29 12:58

      there are 2 cases against Oscar, a civil and criminal case, the civil case is the money the Steenkamps are suing oscar for, which i think is ridiculous and the criminal case where the state is against Oscar, murder charges.

  • Martin Fourie - 2014-01-29 11:55

    I have mixed feelings about this, actually I hope it is not allowed.

      Karl Kat - 2014-01-29 13:04

      I also hope it is not going to be telivised, it is not a damm soapy

  • Lorette Schotter - 2014-01-29 11:58

    A note to the author - the word is broadcast and not broadcasted!!!!

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2014-01-29 12:03

    If this could be done then I want my own channel ... or at least one for @Anyanda talking stront 24/7, but unfortunately that channel will be responsible for more 'brain-drain' of the country than skilled South Africans who are leaving for a better life abroad.

  • konfab - 2014-01-29 12:06

    And DSTV do not think that this is wrong?

      Nceba Mbane - 2014-01-29 15:30

      No it is not wrong to show something that is newsworthy. Yes some will find it revolting but some will find it riveting. If you dont like it you can always change channels or pull out a book or go jogging or whatever. With so many alternatives, I always find it bizarre that people can complain about the crap that is in one of hundreds of channels

  • Sue Wessels - 2014-01-29 12:08

    Goes to prove that only money and fame are important. What about the hundreds of South Africans who are murdered and nothing is said or done about them

  • Ben - 2014-01-29 12:08


      Naas Viljoen - 2014-01-29 22:14

      Yes, rediculous.

  • Martin Ledger - 2014-01-29 12:09

    How more crass can DSTV get. Ratings from other peoples misfortunes.

      Anita Zondagh - 2014-01-29 12:26

      The only one misfortuned one is Reeva! I would like to see him go down!

  • Keri Stroebel - 2014-01-29 12:10

    I'll be on maternity leave, so yay! Was hoping I'd be able to watch it!

  • Grant Logan - 2014-01-29 12:16

    Seeing how dstv is full of repeats and reality programming this should fit right into their target market.

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2014-01-29 12:19

    Wow, this is just wrong on so many levels. Its tacky and without taste and I will give it a big miss. And really the only people watching regularly during the day will be the unemployed, arm chair lawyers, and bored desperate housewives with no sex life and with a bloodlust to "see that pig pay". Apart from the fact that most people don't realise how BORING a trial can be...snore...think the worst moments of Big Brother house season 300. they will try to spice it up and maybe even make it sexy, ugh tacky tacky tacky

  • Mark Kronenberg - 2014-01-29 12:26

    really...and who will be the presenters....hey novel idea....jackie selibi, beki sele,...coool

  • Martin Pienaar - 2014-01-29 12:39


  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-01-29 12:39

    Dstv did you put this to a vote? Why glorify a killer??? Enca has coverage and its on dstv????

  • Inhlanzi Bold - 2014-01-29 12:41

    My word, a channel that won't be showing the same repeats 3 times a day, every day...well done Dstv

  • Lelanie Otto Galhardo - 2014-01-29 12:50

    really I wish they would give other murder cases the same cover this is really ridiculous. shame on DSTV Just because he's famous he gets this kind of attention. They should donate the money to help solve all the murder cases outstanding!!

  • Ogain Ramaila Des - 2014-01-29 13:03


  • arno.wilmot - 2014-01-29 13:09

    Ag nee jirre asseblief - wat next?

  • Tim Craven - 2014-01-29 13:15

    This is truly disgusting. With all the problems this country and world is facing, they have to make an entire f*&king channel for one murderous a$$hole? Oscar should be locked up, klaar. Not turned into a reality channel! DSTV are just money grubbing filth! Very disappointing.

      Diran Pillay - 2014-01-29 13:25

      It's genius on DSTV part.DSTV doesn't care about world peace, they in it for the money . That's why we pay R645pm for crap.

  • Tammy Maubane - 2014-01-29 14:21

    Oscar is an outstanding athletebut I do not the the trial is worth a channel.

  • jungleboy - 2014-01-29 14:54

    I would rather pour swimming pool acid into my eyes than watch that crap

  • eddie.pelser.1 - 2014-01-29 14:56

    Do we get to call in and vote? Reality tv at its best.

  • JaxG - 2014-01-29 15:37

    Oh My Hat! Can anybody say OJ Simpson?

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-01-29 16:10

    he remains an arrogant prick, deserves to be in jail. I certainly hope that he becomes Tyrone's daddy in jail...best is he cant even run away....so glad I have cancelled my dstv...this is the biggest load of crap ever!!

  • geoff.mosweu - 2014-01-29 17:31

    What's DSTV to gain from this the are far more better things to broadcast

  • Azola Qongqo - 2014-01-29 17:55

    so this is how the rich get away with murder, in my books he is no different from the cops who murder their wives. this guarantees that Oscar will walk free. Shame on our Judiciary system that hasn't changed in white supremacy.

      Erwin Wertwijn - 2014-02-18 14:47

      Don't despair, I don't believe for a second he will walk. He intentionally put 4 bullets through a closed door without there being an eminent threat to him. That and the fact that he walked towards the perceived danger makes it a premeditated killing. He will get his day in court and we get to watch it, fair deal.

  • Anneline Peacock-vd Merwe - 2014-01-29 18:00

    Will this alse be available online for people outside South Africa?

  • Beldered Matywatywa - 2014-01-29 21:42

    Hey this reminds me of O.J murder trial that was broadcast on live TV & O.J walked free. Almost like the media made an icon out of this sportsman turned brutal killer. Media is a powerful tool & the judiciary shouldn't allow the media to intervene. This will definitely affect the verdict..

  • ferdi.preller - 2014-01-29 22:19

    As sick as it is, please don't tell me there will be a running sms bar @ R 1.50 for sods who can send well wishes or predict the verdict, that will actually pay for the circus!!! Who cares? Catch it on Twitter!!

  • Marlyn Sutherland - 2014-01-30 20:26

    Hope he gets off she was not clean cut ,so dont put all the blame on Oscat

  • Aiden Wilde - 2014-02-13 10:51

    One would hope that we have the cognitive ability to NOT switch over to this rubbish and rather stick to paying attention to what's happening with the governance of our country.

  • Brandon Faber - 2014-02-18 13:14

    Ja i am not comfortable with the idea of making such a commercially-driven campaign out of the whole thing. There will be tons of coverage already - not sure we need a 24 hour channel too DSTV... then again, 90% of the stuff will just be repeats anyway ;-)

  • Cornelius Ignastius Florence - 2014-03-06 18:51

    Why didn't Oscar phone 911 himself why did he wait for the neighbor to do so, if he really wanted to safe her life he would have phone 911 initially.

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