Radio Stations Around The World Ban Michael Jackson

Deanna Kelley
March 7, 2019

Alternative radio station RTRFM 92.1 declined to comment.

Sonshine FM was the only Perth-based radio station to say it had pulled Jackson from the airwaves following the release of the Leaving Neverland documentary.

Major radio stations in New Zealand owned by MediaWorks and rival NZME have also removed the singer's songs from their playlists.

Some radio stations in Quebec have taken a stand, saying that Jackson is no longer welcome on any playlists.

Leaving Neverland features interviews with two men - James Safechuck and Wade Robson - who claim that they were abused by him as children in his California mansion, which is dubbed "Neverland". In Canada, at least three major stations removed his songs, starting Monday.

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

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A Hollywood DJ says she will now refuse to play any of his music and is urging other people to do the same.

A spokesman for Radio NZ, a publicly-funded broadcaster, said it would only play Jackson if it was "part of a news story or to provide color around a commentary piece".

Nova Entertainment's current Nova 93.7 playlist does not include any of Jackson's music, but programme director Daniel Underhill said that wasn't "a reaction in response" to the documentary, but rather a result of their playlist not being "a fixed thing".

Jackson's estate has condemned the documentary, according to the report, and have filed a lawsuit against HBO.

Writing in his new! magazine column, Peter said: "There's a new Michael Jackson documentary on this week and it has caused a lot of controversy about sexual abuse".

Jackson adamantly maintained he never harmed children.

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