Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial to Have 24-Hour Television Channel

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Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympian gold medalist who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will have a 24-hour television channel dedicated to coverage of his trial.

Multichoice Ltd., a unit of Africa’s largest media company Naspers Ltd. (NPN), will offer the channel, which features coverage of legal proceedings, documentaries, profiles and analysis, the broadcaster said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

“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,” Aletta Alberts, Multichoice’s head of content, said in the statement.

The track star, known as “The Blade Runner” because of his J-shaped prosthetic running blades, was indicted for murder and possession of ammunition after shooting his girlfriend Steenkamp dead on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The runner says he thought Steenkamp was an intruder at his Pretoria home.

A judge in the North Gauteng High Court will hear the case from March 3 through March 20. The trial judge has yet to decide whether the court case will be broadcast live, Multichoice said in the statement.

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