So DStv announced earlier this month that they will be having a special Carte Blanche dedicated channel for the upcoming Oscar Pistorius trial, which starts on Monday, 3 March 2014.
On Tuesday, the High Court in Pretoria granted media houses permission to televise parts of the murder trial of Pistorius. Judge Dunstan Mlambo said hi-tech broadcast equipment could be installed in the courtroom where Pistorius was set to go on trial next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
"The applicants' authorised representatives are permitted to set up equipment in accordance with the specifications that I mention "in the judgment" to obtain a video and audio recording and or transmission of the permitted portions as indicated in this order.
"The technical equipment shall comply with the following specifications: three cameras shall be installed in the courtroom at least 72 hours before the trial commences. The cameras shall be installed in locations which are unobtrusive," Mlambo read from his judgment.
DStv has now released further details about who will be featured on the channel, the panelists and more details.
*** Press Release***
The Oscar Pistorius Trial - A Carte Blanche Channel on DStv Channel 199, will feature interviews with a large variety of expert guests from around the world throughout the course of the daytime and evening programming. 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. 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,” said George Mazarakis, Executive Editor of the channel.
|Carte Blanche presenters|
The editorial team responsible for the channel’s conception and content are the very same journalists who have brought the world 25 years of credible, award-winning investigative reporting on news magazine show, Carte Blanche. The presenters are veteran news journalists 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.
“We are thrilled that the SA judiciary has matured to this ground breaking decision. It is a seminal moment and will make South African television and legal history as visual access of this nature has never before been granted in a South African court,” said Mazarakis.
The channel will be hosted from a studio in Johannesburg, with regular live crossings to a team of top journalists who will be based at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. This team, led by field anchor John Webb, will provide live commentary via on-camera crossings and social media as events unfold in court.
Top local and international journalists will also join in-studio and field anchors to offer insight and analysis. This partnership between news channels and platforms is also a first of its kind.
The Oscar Pistorius Trial - A Carte Blanche Channel will feature daily analysis on the global audience’s reaction to the case on social media, with a live Twitter feed displayed on screen and engaging public polls run on social media.
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.
Pistorius’ criminal trial is scheduled to run in the North Gauteng High Court from March 3rd to March 20th.
Watch The Oscar Pistorius Trial - A Carte Blanche Channel on DStv Channel 199 or via live stream at oscartrial.com from 2 March 2014 at 8pm, follow Oscar Trial 199 on Facebook and @oscartrial199 on Twitter.
Interesting times ahead.