On Sunday, 2 March 2014, MultiChoice will launch a 24-hour pop-up channel on DStv. The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel will feature round-the-clock coverage of the legal proceedings as well as exclusive documentaries, profiles and in-depth expert analysis.
This is the first time DStv will be using a pop-up channel to cover a major news event.
“We previously added dedicated channels for special events such as Mandela Tribute Channel and Big Brother. 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. The channel will broadcast as long as the trail is underway and will pop up again for the verdict,” says Mr. Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana Limited.
The programming will be put together by the producers of M-Net’s investigative journalism current affairs programme Carte Blanche. “The Carte Blancheproducers were the obvious choice to create and package the channel. Their mantra of ‘You have the right to see it all’ will give viewers with fair and balanced coverageof the trail,” Mr. Mills added.
The channel will be available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact. The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel will be a conduit to the inside information on the most talked about for viewers who want to be part of the global conversation and controversial case that has taken the entire world by storm.
Pistorius’ murder trial is scheduled to run in the Pretoria High Court, South Africa, from Monday, 3 March to Thursday, 20 March 2014. Live court coverage and the extent thereof will be determined by the trial judge closer to the trial start date.