Radio Stations Around The World Ban Michael Jackson

Leaving Neverland Michael Jackson Fans Protest Outside Channel 4 Headquarters Prior To The Documentary Release

Leaving Neverland Michael Jackson Fans Protest Outside Channel 4 Headquarters Prior To The Documentary Release

"Leaving Neverland" - a documentary filled with stunning allegations of sexual abuse of children by Michael Jackson - could be disastrous for Sony Music and its $250 million seven-year deal to distribute the late pop star's music. It's the story of two men aged 36 and 41, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who have laid out, in gruellingly graphic detail, what their boyhood friendships with Jackson entailed. Jackson's estate has pushed back against the film, calling it a "public lynching", and is suing HBO, which shares a parent company with CNN, Warner Media.

In response to the allegations detailed in the two-part documentary, a number of radio stations outside the United States pulled Jackson's music from their playlists this week.

"Michael Jackson isn't now on any MediaWorks Radio stations' playlists", Leon Wratt, the company's director for radio, said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, BBC recently denied banning Jackson following a report that said BBC Radio 2 had "quietly dropped" Jackson's songs from their playlists.

Multiple major radio stations in New Zealand, including MediaWorks, which owns almost half the country's commercial stations, have taken Jackson's music off its airwaves. "We're just merely trying to make sure that our radio stations are going to play the music that people want to hear".

As USA Today reports, the French-language stations CKOI and Rythme and the English-language The Beat pulled his music from rotation following listener reaction to the documentary. However, the company, which owns more than 400 stations in the U.S.

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