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24-hour Oscar Pistorius channel to launch

The channel will feature round-the-clock coverage of the murder trial.

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to go on trial for murder on 3 March. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - A 24 hour pop-up channel featuring round-the-clock coverage of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will be launched on DSTV next month.

Pistorius will go on trial on 3 March for the murder of his girlfiend Reeva Steenkamp who he shot dead at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

He claims he mistook her for an intruder.

The channel, which launches on 2 March, will also feature exclusive documentaries, profiles and in-depth expert analysis.

The launch marks the first time DStv has used a pop-up channel to cover a major news event.

"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," says MultiChoice head of content Aletta Alberts.

Pistorius's criminal trial is scheduled to run in the Pretoria High Court until 20 March.

The trial judge will decide whether any part of the trial will be broadcast live closer to the start date.

The channel is being put together by the producers of Carte Blanche and will be called The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel.

It will be available exclusively to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers.

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