Viewers Disturbed By Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary

Viewers Disturbed By Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary

Viewers Disturbed By Michael Jackson ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary

Not for the first time, radio stations have to decide what to do with the music of someone at the centre of sexual misconduct allegations.

Following the broadcast of the documentary this week, radio stations in New Zealand and Canada made a decision to remove Jackson's songs from their playlists.

"In light of what is happening at the moment, SmoothFM is not now playing any Michael Jackson songs", local media quoted Nova's programme director Paul Jackson as saying. Jackson himself and his estate have denied all allegations of sexual abuse.

"We are attentive to listeners' comments, and last night's documentary created reactions", Christine Dicaire, director of marketing and communications for Cogeco, said in a written statement shared with the CBC.

A statue of Michael Jackson has been removed from the National Football Museum in Manchester.

The Channel 4 programme features Wade Robson and James Safechuck speaking in detail about the alleged sexual abuse they suffered by the late Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson has been again accused of sex crimes against children
Michael Jackson has been again accused of sex crimes against children

The company also owns the Nova stations across the country but they only play contemporary music, not past hits.

It's encouraging to see, in light of recent events, that many people are making the choice to believe Michael Jackson's alleged victims, writes Emma Teitel.

However following a report in The Times that the Thriller star had been "quietly dropped", a BBC spokeswoman told Variety: 'The BBC does not ban artists.

Part one of the film drew 1.3m, according to U.S. measurement body Nielsen, making it the third most-watched doc in the last 10 years for the channel, behind Alex Gibney's Scientology film Going Clear and the Prison of Belief (1.7m) and Carrie Fisher doc Bright Lights (1.6m).

"We're always guided by the audience", said Leon Wratt of MediaWorks. In 2003, Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation for allegations from a cancer-stricken boy invited to the star's home.

Gathering outside the headquarters of British TV network Channel 4, the channel on which the documentary will be aired Wednesday and Thursday, a group of fans clutched photos and chanted in unison: "Facts don't lie, people do".

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