UK networks to pay tribute to David Bowie

UK networks the BBC and Channel 4 are preparing to pay tribute to musician and cultural icon David Bowie (pictured), who passed away on Sunday (January 10).
January 11, 2016

UK pubcasters are preparing to pay tribute to late musician and cultural icon David Bowie (pictured).

BBC1 will transmit a 30-minute BBC News-produced special entitled David Bowie Sound and Vision tonight (January 11) at 7:30 p.m. GMT, while sister channel BBC2 will show Francis Whately’s 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years, at 11:15 p.m. GMT, a company spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has ordered a quick turnaround musical tribute entitled David Bowie: Starman from ITN Productions. The program, which broadcasts at 10:35 p.m. GMT, will feature some of the musician’s most memorable songs and performances, as well as tributes from friends and fans from across the globe, according to Jamie Merrins, program coordinator at C4.

News of Bowie tributes from U.S. networks is unclear at present.

Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) surrounded by family after “a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” a statement released on the artist’s Facebook page read.

The singer had celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday (January 8), and released his latest album Blackstar as a “parting gift,” according to long-time friend and producer Tony Visconti.

“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of art,” Visconti said in a statement.

BAFTA-winning director and Bowie’s son Duncan Jones confirmed the news of the singer’s passing in a tweet this morning stating, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

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