Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Michael Jackson’s Songs Removed From Radio Stations After ‘Leaving Neverland’

Michael Jackson’s Songs Removed From Radio Stations After ‘Leaving Neverland’

Just days after HBO premiered their controversial documentary titled Finding Neverland, some radio stations have made a decision to stop playing songs from the late King of Pop.

In a statement addressing the protests, a Channel 4 spokesperson told TBI: "Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me examines allegations of sexual abuse of young boys made against Michael Jackson and carries testimony from men who speak about their childhood experiences with Mr. Jackson".

Jackson's music has nearly completely disappeared from New Zealand's airwaves as their two top radio networks, NZME and MediaWorks, pulled his songs off the air.

There have been reports of radio stations dropping Jackson's music from their playlists, while some fans on social media have said they are boycotting the star.

The Australian Radio Network, which owns 96FM, said it also would not be removing Jackson's music from their playlists "at this stage", but would "as always. continue to regularly review our playlists based on what audiences want to hear".

Aussie radio network, Nova Entertainment Group have pledged to ax all Michael Jackson tunes from playing on any of their six major air waves across the country.

There's been no evidence of major damage to Jackson's estate or his music because of the new documentary.

The two part film - which airs on Channel 4 tonight and tomorrow - explicitly details alleged child sexual abuse carried out by Michael Jackson.

The two companies between them dominate commercial radio.

The broadcasters have yet to clarify how long the bans will last.

The Jackson family has accused Robson and Safechuck of lying and being motivated by money. Another named James Safechuck, a former child actor also stated that the Thrill Star Michael Jackson began molesting him when was just ten.

Jackson died at the age of 50 in June of 2009 as result of a drug overdose.

When HBO released Leaving Neverland this month, a documentary that may never leave our news feeds, so far-reaching and horrific are its revelations, one question kept appearing in my mind.

The estate said the documentary is "the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death", and added that "the film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact".

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