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Pistorius trial to get own 24-hour TV channel

Oscar Pistorius' murder trial will have a dedicated 24-hour television channel in South Africa, the country's top cable provider said yesterday, promising "round the clock" coverage of one of the year's biggest stories.

MultiChoice said in a statement the temporary "pop-up" channel will launch on March 2, the day before the double-amputee Olympian goes on trial in a high court in Pretoria for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valentine's Day last year.

MultiChoice has only had temporary channels on its DSTV network for versions of reality entertainment shows, like Big Brother.

The female judge who will preside over Pistorius' trial hasn't yet ruled if television cameras will be allowed to record images of court proceedings or if the trial at North Gauteng High Court can be carried live.

Even so, MultiChoice will tap into the world's fascination with Pistorius' life story, which has taken a dramatic turn after he was celebrated as a hero in 2012 as the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics.


MultiChoice said the channel would give "inside information on the most talked-about and controversial subject in recent South African history".

Its head of content, Aletta Alberts, said there would also be "a rich variety of content and social media integration" around the trial.

Pistorius killed 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by shooting the model in the early hours of February 14 last year.

Pistorius said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and that he fired four shots in self-defence.

However, prosecutors allege Pistorius killed her intentionally in a fit of rage.