Oscar Trial 199

Channel 199: The line up

Oscar Pistorius in the High Court in Pretoria.

Running from March 2nd of March at 20:00, The Oscar Pistorius Trial – a Carte Blanche channel on DStv Channel 199 and oscartrial.com has been created to provide a comprehensive overview of a case which has seared into the consciousness of a nation, and created an unprecedented tidal wave of public interest. Closely interlinked to many of the key news themes prevalent in South Africa today, the trial will spotlight not just the search for justice, but many of the issues facing South African society today. These include:

  • Crime in South Africa and what it means for country’s citizens
  • The psychology of grief, specifically for those directly affected by violence
  • Guns in the Rainbow Nation
  • Disability in South Africa – from prosthetics to prisons, what’s the reality?
  • The psychology of fame and the  age of the superhuman athlete
  • Social media and its ability to shape the national agenda
  • The South African legal structure, with an emphasis on criminal law
  • Brand building of individuals, its impact on pop culture and its pressures
  • Families and the dynamics of ‘breadwinner’ finance in civil court

Given the sheer volume of content that will be available during the expected three week duration of the trial, The Oscar Pistorius Trial – a Carte Blanche channel will be segmented into the following key broadcast areas:

  • Crossings to the High Court
  • Live court coverage when in session
  • Interviews with Role-Players and the Experts
  • Profiles of the Individuals Related to Case
  • Specially packaged inserts and documentaries on pertinent issues
  • Studio Analysis (from a specifically created Johannesburg studio)
  • Debate, forums and public opinion

And whilst the unfolding nature of events means that a fixed broadcast schedule is a challenge to create, the OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL – a Carte Blanche channel should follow this daily running order:


The Morning Show Hosted by Devi Sankaree Govender in studio and John  Webb outside courtroom 07:00 – 10:00
Court in Session Live Feed or Repeat Broadcast, depending on court schedule 10:00 – 13:00
The Lunchtime Show Hosted by Devi Sankaree Govender in studio and John Webb outside courtroom 13:00 – 14:00
Court in Session Live Feed or Repeat Broadcast, depending on court schedule 14:00 – 16:00
The Afternoon Show Hosted by Subniv Babuta or David O’Sullivan and Leigh Bennie in studio, with John Webb outside courtroom 16:00 – 18:00
Daily Social Media Analysis Hosted by Bongani Bingwa and Emma Sadleir 18:00 – 19:00
Court News of the Day Hosted by Derek Watts and Katy Katopodis 19:00 – 20:00
Round Table Debate Hosted by David O’Sullivan in studio featuring panel of experts 20:00 – 21:00
The Editors & Global Wrap Up. Hosted by Subniv Babuta and Katy Katopodis and featuring leading SA news editors and international expert commentators 21:00 – 22:00


The channel will be live from 7 AM – 10 PM daily, with content repeated from 10 PM until 7 AM the following morning, when live coverage resumes.

**BROADCASTERS’ NOTE: Broadcasters interested in accessing the live feed from the court room can contact Gerrie Bouwer: 083 700 5975 (Mobile) or gerrie@cartblanche.co.za (Email).