South African cable TV channel pulls Pistorius adverts

As a global sports icon Oscar Pistorius has various sponsorship deals, including one with sports giant Nike, thought to be worth $2 million a year.

South Africa's M-Net cable TV channel said it was pulling adverts featuring Pistorius off-air immediately.

Earlier, a Nike spokesman in London said before hearing of the murder charge that the company was "saddened by the news, but we have no further comment to make at this stage".

Icelandic prosthetics manufacturer Ossur said:

I can only say that our thoughts and prayers are with Oscar and the families involved in the tragedy. It is completely premature to discuss or speculate on our business relationship with him.

– Jon Sigurdsson, chief executive of Ossur

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Pistorius to remain in custody

The Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is to remain in custody overnight after being charged with murder having allegedly shot dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. He will appear in court tomorrow.