The Michael Jackson Allegations: Separating The Art From The Artist

07 March, 2019, 11:18 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • Michael Jackson Dropped From Some Radio Stations Following Child Sex Abuse Doc

Jackson is among the bestselling recording artists of all time.

A spokesman for Radio NZ, a publicly-funded broadcaster, said it would only play Jackson if it was "part of a news story or to provide color around a commentary piece".

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

In New Zealand, the star's songs are now nearly totally absent from the airwaves, after being pulled by the country's two biggest radio networks, MediaWorks and NZME.

Southern Cross Austereo said they took "allegations of this nature very seriously" but did not plan on cutting Jackson from their playlists.

In the two-part film, which began airing on HBO on Sunday, Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse the singer of sexually abusing them over a period of several years when they were children.

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So far - radio and streaming services haven't pulled Jackson's music but that could change as backlash grows.

Nova Entertainment's current Nova 93.7 playlist does not include any of Jackson's music, but programme director Daniel Underhill said that wasn't "a reaction in response" to the documentary, but rather a result of their playlist not being "a fixed thing".

Part Two of Leaving Neverland airs on Channel 4 tonight (Thursday 7 March) at 9pm. Despite repeated allegations, Jackson and his family continue to deny all claims of abuse.

He emerged as a cultural icon in the 1980s, but the latter stages of career were dogged by allegations of child sex abuse, which were first reported in the early 90s.

The singer's estate has labelled the documentary an "outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson" and has launched a lawsuit against HBO. He died in 2009.

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