Apology to David Bowie

28 Jun

Ottawa Citizen

On May 16, 2014, The Ottawa Citizen published a prominent commentary piece written by Blayne Haggart on our op-ed page that David Bowie was responsible for the removal from YouTube of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s video version of “Space Oddity” which was viewed over 22 million times.

The commentary erroneously claimed that Mr. Bowie refused to renew a one-year licence previously granted to Commander Hadfield, ultimately forcing the video to be removed from worldwide distribution.

That was incorrect. Subsequent to running this piece, we were informed by Mr. Bowie of the following facts: In April of 2013, while Commander Hadfield was still in space, his people contacted Mr. Bowie to seek permission to make the video.

Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's Space Oddity Canadian Astronaut and ISS commander Chris Hadfield is framed by spacesuits as he performs David Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station, published on Sunday May 12, 2013.

They were informed that while Mr…

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