Smooth FM bans Michael Jackson songs amid fresh abuse allegations

Michael Jackson Dropped From Some Radio Stations Following Child Sex Abuse Doc

Michael Jackson Dropped From Some Radio Stations Following Child Sex Abuse Doc

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".

While some fans have taken to the singer's defense on social media, others have expressed support for his alleged victims, and have discussed feeling uncomfortable about listening to Jackson's music in the wake of the allegations.

'We [MediaWorks] aren't deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of paedophilia, we're just making sure our radio stations are going to play the music people want to hear, ' MediaWorks Group content director Leon Wratt said.

Two major Australian broadcasters - Australian Radio Network (KIIS FM, WSFM and Gold FM) and Southern Cross Austereo (Hit and Triple M) - said they had not altered their playlists.

(A second documentary is coming later this year via the BBC.) It looks like that increased attention on the allegations has resulted in at least one tangible outcome: Some radio stations around the world have begun pulling Jackson's music.

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However, the newspaper reports bosses decided last week the King of Pop's back catalogue will no longer make it onto the air. Piers then chimed in with his own story about Jackson, in which he announced: "I interviewed him once over the telephone".

The news comes after several publications reported that Jackson's music had been dropped by BBC Radio 2 earlier this week, something the BBC has since refuted.

"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. The company operates 23 radio stations.

Peter Andre has argued that Michael Jackson's music shouldn't be banned.

Cumulus Media in the US said it would not ban specific artists.

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

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