Oscar Pistorius trial to be broadcast live

Rebecca Hawkes | 25-02-2014

The trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius can be partially televised, a South African judge has ruled from Pretoria.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo said the entire audio of the trial could be broadcast live, and sections of the trial could be filmed and televised live, after considering the application brought by media groups MultiChoice, eNCA and Eyewitness News.

The trial of Oscar Pistorius, who shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, begins on Monday 3 March. State prosecutors allege his action was pre-meditated, although the athlete denies murder, claiming he mistook the model and reality TV star for a burglar.

The opening arguments, evidence of experts, police witnesses and closing arguments at the trial will be broadcast via three remote controlled cameras on MultiChoice's pay-TV network DStv.

Testimony from Pistorius and his witnesses will not be televised, and other witnesses may apply in writing not to appear on screen.

There is intense public interest in the trial, and DStv will launch a 24-hour dedicated channel the Oscar Pistorius Trial channel on Sunday 2 March.

The 27-year-old double amputee won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and in the same year also became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games.