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The Trials of Oscar Pistorius: BBC removes documentary trailer after backlash

BBC's documentrry series is based on the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius story

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BBC has removed Oscar Pistorius’s documentary trailer after facing backlash on social media.

BBC had shared the trailer its documentary series The Trials of Oscar Pistorius on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Many of the social media users came out criticizing BBC as the new documentary about Oscar Pistorius did not name his murder victim Reeva Steenkamp.

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“We have removed the trail for ‘The Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ that was posted on social media earlier today”, BBC said in a statement.  “We regret that the original trail did not refer to Reeva Steenkamp directly.”

“We are aware of the upset it has caused, which was never the intention”, it added.

“We have removed the trail and it will be replaced by something more representative of the series, which examines in detail a number of complex issues connected to her murder.”


BBC’s documentrry series is based on the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius story, who was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Steenkamp, at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013.

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Pistorius sentence was later increased to 15 years, minus time jhe already served.

The documentary will be available on the BBC iPlayer from 7 November. It will be also broadcast on BBC Two at a later date, yet to be announced.


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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.