Radio listeners in the U.K.and Quebec won't be hearing many Michael Jackson songs on their airwaves anymore.
On Tuesday,Timereportedthat three major radio stations in Montreal will no longer play music by the late singer accused of child molestation in the wake of the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland".
The stating CKOI,Rythme and The Beat took the action due to listener reactions to the allegations in the documentary,a spokesperson for Cogeco 新利18棋牌官网Media toldTime,adding that the decision will also affect stations in smaller markets across Quebec.
Over the weekend,theSunday Timesreportedthe BBC Radio 2 radio station has "quietly dropped the King of Pop's music from its playlists" due to the shocking allegations in "Leaving Neverland",the controversial HBO documentary set to air on Sunday,March 3 and Monday,March 4.
Directed by Dan Reed,"Leaving Neverland" details the horrific accusations of Wade Robson,36,and James Safechuck,41,who both allege that the "Thriller" singer sexually abused them when they were children.
"We consider each piece of music on its merits and decisions on what we play on different networks are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind," a spokesperson for BBC Radio 2told NME.
The Jackson estatehas taken legal actionagainst HBO and denied the allegations of the men,with the late star's family membersappearing on "CBS This Morning"为了反驳索赔的纪录片,insisting the accusers are only after money.
"These people felt that they're owed something," said the late singer's nephew,Taj Jackson."You know,instead of working for something,they blame everything on my uncle."
According to theTimes,the decision to delete Jackson's music from the station's playlists was made last week;the last time a Michael Jackson song was played on BBC Radio 2 was Saturday,Feb.23.
With an estimated 15 million weekly listeners,BBC Radio 2 is Britain's most popular radio station.