Former paralympian and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has spoken to investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas, in a special one-off programme titledOscar Pistorius: The Interview. It will air on Britain's ITV on 24 June at 21:00.
Sentencing procedures for Pistorius begin at the North Gauteng High Court on 13 June, so it is possible that when this documentary goes to air, the man convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Streenkamp, will be in prison.
"In the documentary, Pistorius gives his account of what happened the night he killed his girlfriend and is questioned about key details of the prosecution case which resulted in his conviction. He also talks about his relationship with Reeva, the allegations of his previous abusive behaviour towards her and and his previous use of firearms," ITV said.
John Maytham asks Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird how he views the screening of an interview with Pistorius.
It sounds a little bit like a version of emotional pornography. It's pretty salacious and it is not clear that there is any public interest in doing it.— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa.
Bird acknowledges that it will certainly bring in viewers and agrees there is still great interest in the case.
He distinguish between public interest and what is of interest to the public. These are often very different.
These sorts of things have happened with a number of convicted felons over the last few years. There have been similar tell-all interviews with people like OJ Simpson, so it is not that unusual. But it is pretty gratuitous because you know they are doing it for money.— William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa.
Listen to the interview below: