NEW YORK — The "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" has produced its first special documentary report, "Apartheid's People," for public television stations.
The one-hour program, scheduled to air in Los Angeles Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. on KCET Channel 28, comes at a time when government-imposed restrictions makes television coverage of South Africa extremely difficult.
The documentary is a compilation of five reports from South Africa seen on the regular "NewsHour" broadcasts during the last week of October, plus updates by its national correspondent, Charlayne Hunter-Gault. She spent several weeks in South Africa and filed the taped reports, focusing on the effects of apartheid on day-to-day life there.
Additional footage for the expanded program focuses on the kind of violent confrontations between South African authorities and civilian demonstrators that are thought to have brought about the current restrictions on TV coverage there.