Source: AP / New York Daily News
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial will have a dedicated 24-hour television channel in South Africa, the country’s top cable provider said Wednesday, promising “round-the-clock” coverage of one of the blockbuster stories of the year.
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 the capital, Pretoria, for killing his girlfriend in his home on Valentine’s Day last year.
It is the first time it has launched a channel of this kind to cover “a major news event,” MultiChoice said. The provider has only had temporary channels on its DSTV network for versions of reality entertainment shows like “Idols” and “Big Brother.” DSTV is also available in other African countries.
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.
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