Radio Stations Around The World Ban Michael Jackson

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

Leon Wratt, the content director of MediaWorks, said the decision is not an indication of the station's personal sentiments on the matter.

Jackson is among the bestselling recording artists of all time.

In Perth, a Christian radio station also confirmed it had stopped playing Jackson'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.

"These remain allegations and therefore we now intend to continue to play his music on occasion", said a spokesman for the company, which owns Hit 92.9 and Mix 94.5.

It joins at least three radio stations in Canada, one in the Netherlands, as well as New Zealand's public broadcaster RNZ and its major commercial rivals Mediaworks and NZME.

Oprah Winfrey's follow-up special, which aired on HBO following Part 2 of Leaving Neverland Monday night, also did well ratings-wise.

The four-hour two-part documentary - which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year - has made sure those allegations continue a decade after he died of an overdose.

Cogeco spokeswoman Christine Dicaire says the action is a response to listener reactions to the documentary.

Jackson's estate has denied wrongdoing and filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO. The essential question is this: What do we do about Jackson's music moving forward?

But it is far from clear that digital listeners are abandoning the singer in the same way, and "The Essential Michael Jackson" is still the 65th most downloaded album in Australia.

6IX program director Brad Pottinger said: "We are still happy to play Michael Jackson".

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

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