Oscar Pistorius documentary trailer axed by BBC after ignoring Reeva Steenkamp

BBC chiefs have been forced to remove their trailer for a new Oscar Pistorius documentary amid criticism that it fails to mention murder victim Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was initially sentenced to six years in prison for murdering then-girlfriend Steenkamp at his South Africa home in 2013, before his sentence was later increased to 15 years – minus time already served.

The BBC tweeted a trailer for The Trials of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, which will be shown in the UK after being commissioned for US network ESPN.

But after releasing the trailer, domestic abuse campaigner David Challen hit out at the broadcasting company for not naming Steenkamp.

Challen wrote on Twitter: “A total failure to even name the woman he killed. Shame on the BBC.”

He then cited a BBC advert branding the documentary ‘remarkable’ and added: “How tone-deaf do you have to be to create and promote a film about a murderer and call it 'remarkable'.

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“#Maleviolence is anything but extraordinary. It is an epidemic.

“The media continues to fail in their duty to report fatal domestic abuse responsibly.”

In light of widespread criticism over the trailer, the BBC has removed it and issued a statement to apologise for any upset caused.

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“We regret that the original trail did not refer to Reeva Steenkamp directly,” the statement reads.

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

“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.”

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  • Pistorius, who won six Paralympic gold medals for South Africa as a professional sprinter, shot model Steenkamp through their bathroom door during the night after Valentine’s Day in 2013.

    The 33-year-old will not be eligible for parole until at least 2023.

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