MICHAEL Jackson’s music has been pulled from radio stations across the world.
It comes after Leaving Neverland, a documentary that looks at the sexual abuse allegations against the singer, was released by HBO. Here’s what we know.
AFP or licensors Two countries have pulled Michael Jackson’s music from the airwaves
Were Michael Jackson’s songs pulled from the radio station?
Multiple countries have had various radio stations pull Michael Jackson’s songs from the airwaves.
Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing his music.
French-language stations CKOI and Rythme and English-language station The Beat pulled Jackson’s music starting on March 4.
The Cogeco company operates 23 radio stations and all are placing a ban on his music.
In New Zealand, two of the country’s largest networks pulled Jackson off the airwaves.
They own most of the commercial radio stations in the country and said on March 6 it would no longer play his music.
On March 7, Sydney’s Nova Entertainment in Australia announced they were taking Jackson off the air.
The 98five SunshineFM chief executive, Bevan Jones, said they “don’t play much Michael Jackson” but had cut the singer from its playlist in response to feedback from listeners.
Another Australian radio network, ARN, said it was “closely monitoring audience sentiment in relation to individual artists”.
Amsterdam-based Dutch radio station NHRadio and Norway’s NRK have also dropped his music.
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Why were his songs taken off the air?
A spokeswoman for the Quebec stations said the decision came after reading listener reactions to Leaving Neverland.
Leon Wratt, the content director of MediaWorks, one of the New Zealand’s radio companies, said listeners indicated they didn’t want to listen to Jackson anymore.
He told Magic radio station: “We aren’t deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of paedophilia or not.
“We’re just merely trying to make sure that our radio stations are going to play the music that people want to hear.”
In Australia, local media quoted Nova’s programme director Paul Jackson as saying: “In light of what is happening at the moment, SmoothFM is not currently playing any Michael Jackson songs.”
Have any radio stations in the UK stopped playing Jackson’s music?
Jackson’s music appeared to have been dropped from BBC Radio 2’s playlist as Leaving Neverland is set to air in the UK on March 6.
The BBC has strongly denied taking Jackson off the airwaves.
A spokesman for the corporation said: “It is not true that Michael Jackson has been dropped off the Radio 2 playlist – which is new releases – as he hasn’t been featured on it.”
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How can I watch Leaving Neverland?
The documentary Leaving Neverland will air on Channel 4 TODAY and TOMORROW (March 6 and 7) in two parts.
It will start at 9pm on both nights, but if you miss it you can catch it on Channel 4 +1 an hour later or on All 4.
The programme will also be screened in the US on HBO at around the same time.
The documentary had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019.
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