Radio station pulls Michael Jackson songs due to Leaving Neverland documentary.
Local radio network Nova Entertainment Group has joined international networks in pulling Michael Jackson songs from its playlists, in the wake of renewed sexual abuse allegations against the late singer featured in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
“The decisions we make about the music we play on any of our stations are dependent on the relevance to the audience and the current context,” said Paul Jackson, Nova Entertainment’s Group Programme Director.
“In light of what is happening at the moment, smoothfm is not currently playing any Michael Jackson songs.”
Earlier this week, New Zealand’s two major radio networks NZME and Mediaworks stated they had pulled Jackson’s songs from airplay, at least temporarily, in light of the documentary, shares SMH.
Similar decisions have been made by radio broadcasters in Canada and Holland.
“I don’t think people can listen to the songs the same way anymore. They are supposed to make you happy, make you sing and dance,” editor of Dutch station NH Arjan Snijders explained in a Tuesday broadcast, Reuters reported.
Leaving Neverland – which features two men, including Australian choreographer Wade Robson, detailing explicit allegations of sexual abuse against the singer when they were children – has spectacularly re-cast Jackson’s legacy since its premiere at Sundance in January.
The documentary was this week televised in the US and UK; it will air in Australia on Friday and Saturday night on Network Ten.
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