Second Oscar Pistorius channel to launch

Free-to-air digital satellite platform, OpenView HD, is also set to launch a channel dedicated to broadcasting the Oscar Pistorius trial live on Monday, 3 March 2014.

It follows an announcement by DStv, in late January, that it would launch a 24-hour channel dedicated to the murder trial of the paralympian.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year. His trial is set to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria from March 3 to 20.

On Tuesday (25 February), the High Court in Pretoria granted media houses permission  to televise parts of the murder trial. The athlete’s testimony will not be broadcast.

Trial TV: The State vs Oscar Pistorius, which will run on OpenView HD Channel 119, will offer viewers live court proceedings from 10AM-4PM. Court proceedings will be repeated on the channel throughout the schedule.

MD of Platco Digital, Maxwell Nonge said: “The decision to provide our viewers access to information of public interest is in line with our commitment to afford OpenView HD viewers with as broad a range of programing as we have at our disposal.”

Monde Twala, e-tv Head of Channels said: “There has been a lot of interest around the Oscar Pistorius case amongst our viewers, therefore, we would like to afford our viewers the opportunity to witness and follow the trial of Oscar Pistorius as it happens.”

Viewers can also tune into e-tv Prime Time and eNCA on DStv Channel 403 for more riveting coverage of the court proceedings.

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