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Pistorius trial to get a 24/7 television channel in South Africa

Jan. 29, 2014 at 5:41 PM

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A South African satellite television network announced it will dedicate a channel to non-stop coverage of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, beginning in March.

DsTV will use its current affairs program "Carte Blanche" as the basis for "The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel" when the trial begins March 3. Coverage will be 24 hours per day and seven days per week, and documentaries about Pistorius' life will be broadcast during moments when hearings are not in progress, the website of the newspaper The South African reported Wednesday.

The trial is expected to determine if Pistorius, 27, the world-class sprinter with prosthetic legs, is responsible for the deliberate shooting death of his girlfriend Reva Steenkamp in 2013, or if her death was accidental.

Pistorius has claimed he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her in his home.

It had not been determined if any of the courtroom proceedings will be allowed to be televised, the website added.

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