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Oscar Pistorius murder trial to be televised

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Pistorius celebrates at London 2012 after winning gold. (©GettyImages)
Pistorius celebrates at London 2012 after winning gold. (©GettyImages).

The trial of Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius is set to be partially televised after a South African judge accepted a request from various media groups, reports the BBC.

Pistorius, 27, was arrested last Febuary after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. Pistorius claims that he thought she was an intruder, but the prosecutors claim that it was premeditated murder.

Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner', is seen as a national hero in South Africa after his Paralympic success. He was also a media icon at the 2012 Olympic games where he competed against able-bodied athletes in the 400m.

The trial will be the first time that the media have been allowed to film within the courtroom in South Africa. Media groups Mutichoice, eNCA and Eyewitness News brought the request to the judge because of the popularity of the athlete.

On Sunday, MultiChoice will start broadcasting the 24-hour channel dedicated to the trail, called the Oscar Pistorius channel.

All of the audio from the trial will be broadcast live, with selected excerpts being televised. Three cameras will be used, all operated remotely. No close ups or private conversations are allowed to be broadcast.

The opening argument, experts evidence, police witnesses and closing arguments will all be broadcast, but the testimonies of Pistorius and witnesses are not.

The trial begins on Monday.

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