Media wants to broadcast Pistorius trial live

SA media houses will approach the court today to seek permission to broadcast the trial live.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius during his court appearance on 19 August 2013 at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Multichoice, The Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel and Eyewitness News will approach the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today to seek permission to broadcast the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius live.

George Mazarakis, executive editor of The Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel, says after months of negotiations, they have reached an understanding with the National Prosecuting Authority.

"Basically what we're asking for is permission to put very unobtrusive cameras in the court that would be unmanned and therefore not obstructive to the processes to the court."

He says they have also discussed a possible compromise.

"We also have said that if we cannot get images of the entire trial then at least consider the option of keeping the sound going."

EWN editor-in-chief Katy Katopodis says the decision to launch the application was carefully considered, adding that portions of the trial need to be broadcast in the public interest.

She believes the matter could be precedent setting, and is an important case for the courts to decide for the media industry.

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It's understood the defence team will oppose the application.

Pistorius shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria-East home on Valentine's Day last year.

He insists it was a case of mistaken identity and says he believed Steenkamp was an intruder. The state will argue it was premeditated murder.

The trial will begin on 3 March and is expected to run for at least three weeks.