BBC Three commissions Pistorius special
The onslaught of Pistorius programmes is inevitable - and BBC Three is getting in there early.
The channel has commissioned Mentorn Media to make a 'fast turnaround special' on the Olympic and Paralympic athlete accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The 60-minute documentary will be fronted by Rick Edwards, who presented some of the Paralympics coverage over the summer.
Edwards - who met Oscar Pistorius while he was in London for the Games - will be flying to South Africa on Saturday. Filming will commence shortly after that.
The programme is expected to air in the second week of March, schedules permitting.
The indie has already made fast specials for the channel, including a recent documentary called Superstorm Sandy: Caught on Camera. The programme about the devastating tropical storm took about three weeks from the commissioning stage to delivery.
Zai Bennett, BBC Three's controller, said: 'BBC Three is never afraid to tackle current affairs and we are committed to showing bold, thought-provoking programmes for 16-34s.
'Mentorn will be producing this programme at incredible speed, and together with presenter Rick Edwards, I'm sure they will deliver a documentary that will bring a new angle to this ever developing news story.'
Edwards recently made his debut on BBC Three's Free Speech, a monthly, live current affairs show for young people. The series, also made by Mentorn Media, returned to screens earlier this month.