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DStv's Oscar Pistorius Channel: Is it a good idea?

Yesterday, DStv released a statement announcing that they will be having a dedicated channel for the upcoming Oscar Pistorius murder trial. It will be a 24 hour channel on DStv channel 199. Titled The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Special it will be round the clocj coverage of the legal proceedings and also documentaries and in-depth analysis on the sports star the trial he faces for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. 

The trial begins on Monday, 03 March 2014. It will be produced by Carte Blanche producers and will be available for DStv Premium, Extra and Compact subscribers. 

Head of content at Multichoice, Aletta Alberts said that the channel was to give viewers in-depth coverage of the trial. "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. This is the first time DStv is using a pop-up channel to cover a major news event. We previously added dedicated channels for special events such as Idols and Big Brother."

DStv also had a dedicated channel for all Nelson Mandela related content in December. 

What we think

Nicely done DStv! This is arguably one of the biggest story in South Africa. It's the spectacular fall from grace of an adored sportsman, one who was respected and adored. Pistorius was an inspiration for many athletes for his achievements in athletics, be it able bodied or Paralympians. 

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius at the 2012 SA Sports Awards
The tragic night of 13 February 2013 is still etched on many South African's  minds and the shocking news that Pistorius had shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. 

It was going to be necessary for one of the local broadcasters to have a dedicated channel as it is the biggest news story of 2014. It's a story that the international press will be showing major interest to and we wouldn't put it past CNN, SkyNews, BBC World News and Aljazeera to have dedicated news feeds on the trial. 

So well done to DStv for once again, being ahead of the pack. Now we hope that this will make e.TV sit up and allow the OpenView HD subscribers access to their eNCA channel. This is a major news story and every South African should have access to it. 

We hope that South African news channels will be leading the coverage and we won't have to rely on CNN and the other international news agencies for the latest news. Let's own this story. Let the local media set the agenda on what the world will be hearing about the trial. 

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