Multichoice has reached a decision to dedicate a 24-hour TV channel to the upcoming murder trial of disgraced South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of killing his girlfriend on Valentine’s day last year.
“The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel” will launch on 2 March, the day before the trial of the star athlete commences over the February 2013 murder of his model girlfriend, the satellite network said in a statement.
The channel “will feature round-the-clock coverage of the legal proceedings, as well as exclusive documentaries, profiles and in-depth expert analysis” to South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, it said.
The trial judge has yet to decide whether to allow live broadcast of the case. MultiChoice spokesperson Michelle Esau, said the channel hopes to be able to broadcast proceedings, but assured that there would be enough content regardless.
“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,” MultiChoice head of content Aletta Alberts, said.
Oscar Pistorius, who is double amputee having had both legs amputated when he was a young boy, is known world-wide as the “Blade Runner” for competing on two fibre-optic blades and running against able-bodied athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He shot dead his 29-year old model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February last year through a locked bathroom door at his upmarket Pretoria home. He says he mistook her for an intruder.