NBC’s “Dateline” has produced its first-ever full-length documentary exclusively for digital, with the newsmagazine show set to premiere “Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict” Friday about the murder trial of the South African Olympic runner who was found guilty of shooting his girlfriend to death.
The original documentary will go live on DatelineNBC.com tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern and will be available only online. “Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict” tells the story of the case — which has been closely tracked by media worldwide — from the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed to the verdicts issued in this week. Docu is broken into six segments, totaling about 40 minutes of runtime.
An NBC News rep did not respond to requests for comment about why “Oscar Pistorius: The Verdict” was being distributed only online.
On Friday, a court in South Africa convicted Pistorius of “culpable homicide” in the case, approximately the same as involuntary manslaughter in the U.S. He was cleared of two more serious murder charges earlier. The athlete faces up to 15 years in prison although legal experts say sentences are typically lighter; he is slated to be sentenced Oct. 13.
David Corvo is the senior executive producer of “Dateline,” while Liz Cole is the exec producer and Lester Holt is the primary anchor. Series airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.