The 24-hour channel dedicated to the upcoming murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, will feature the likes of former OJ Simpson defence attorney, Robert Shapiro, and consultants for hit TV shows, including Dexter.
Pistorius is accused of murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year. His trial is set to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria from March 3 to 20.
On Tuesday (25 February), the High Court in Pretoria granted media houses permission to televise parts of the murder trial. The athlete’s testimony will not be broadcast.
MultiChoice said it will be able to broadcast audio of the full trial and televise parts of the trial, including opening arguments, state expert witnesses’ testimony, police officers, any other state witnesses (unless they object), closing arguments, judgement and sentencing.
The Oscar Pistorius Trial – A Carte Blanche Channel on DStv Channel 199, will feature interviews with a variety of expert guests from around the world throughout the course of the daytime and evening programming, MultiChoice said.
These guests will offer insight and commentary on what happened in court. Experts will include senior legal minds, psychologists, forensic experts, social commentators, brand gurus, social media analysts, news and media heavyweights.
“The channel has secured exclusive access to acclaimed international experts, who will feature as regular guests,” said George Mazarakis, executive editor of the channel.
“These include criminal defence attorney, Robert Shapiro – famous for his defence of OJ Simpson; American forensic experts; and police consultants to hit TV shows like Dexter, who provide fascinating insights,”
The presenters for the channel include Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts, John Webb, Bongani Bingwa and Devi Sankaree Govender; top social media lawyer, Emma Sadleir; experienced radio talk show host Leigh Bennie; heavyweight legal journalist and radio talk show host, David O’Sullivan; and ex BBC presenter, Subniv Babuta.
The channel will be hosted from a studio in Johannesburg, with regular live crossings to a team of journalists who will be based at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
The channel will also have daytime and night time programming, which will run from 7 AM – 10 PM daily, with content repeated from 10 PM until 7 AM the following morning when the channel goes live again from the North Gauteng High Court and the channel’s Johannesburg studio.