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BBC Commissions Oscar Pistorius Documentary

February 22, 2013  |  9:00am
BBC Commissions Oscar Pistorius Documentary

BBC’s BBC Three network has commissioned a “fast-turnaround” documentary special on Oscar Pistorius, the South African paralympian who is being investigated for the death of his girlfriend.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, BBC Three commissioned Mentorn Media to produce the documentary. The company has experience delivering huge news items in short time periods as they did a similar project for BBC on Hurricane Sandy.

BBC has not announced an airdate for the special but Rick Edwards, who hosted the Paralympics for Britain’s Channel 4 in the fall, will host.

There is also no word on how the documentary will go about covering the story exactly, however BBC controller Zai Bennett implies the film will present a different prospective than the news coverage. “BBC Three is never afraid to tackle current affairs, and we are committed to showing bold, thought-provoking programs. I’m sure [Mentorn] will deliver a documentary that will bring a new angle to this ever-developing news story.”

According to the report, Passion Distribution will pre-sell the Pistorius documentary internationally.

Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. He pleaded not guilty, saying he thought he was shooting at an intruder. He won two gold medals at the London Olympics last year.

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