Just days after the premier of HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which details explosive allegations of Jackson molesting children who are now men has angered three Montreal-based major radio stations, radio stations in New Zealand and radio stations in Canada to stop playing Michael’s music on their radio. MediaWorks Radio stations director, Leon Wratt said in a statement, “This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences, it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear”.
“NZME and Dutch station NH radio said it would also stop playing Jackson’s music for a few weeks.
“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,” NH radio editor Arjan Snijders said in a broadcast on Tuesday.
The two-part, four-hour documentary was watched by 1.3 million viewers on Sunday night with 927,000 viewers tuning in for Monday’s episode. Streaming figures from online services won’t be available until March 11 according to Hollywood reporter.
Jackson’s fans worldwide rallied around the singer using the Twitter hashtag #MJInnocent.
Leaving Neverland first aired at Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January and on cable-TV network HBO in the US on Sunday and Monday.
It was be shown in the UK yesterday, March 6.
Music lovers may be hearing a bit less of Michael Jackson ‘s music.