Some Canadian radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs

Some Canadian radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs

Jackson's estate has pushed back against the film, calling it a "public lynching," and is suing HBO, which shares a parent company with CNN, Warner Media.

Among the biggest, a Care2 petition demanding Mandalay Bay to cancel its Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show.

"Michael Jackson isn't now on any MediaWorks Radio stations' playlists", Leon Wratt, the company's director for radio, said in a statement to the news network. The company operates 23 radio stations.

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.

MediaWorks too confirmed that his music had been pulled, as a "a reflection of our audiences and their preferences".

The Montreal, Quebec based CKOI and Rythme said Michael Jackson's music wouldn't be played on the station, indefinitely.

His comments come as the two-part documentary centring on the claims - Leaving Neverland - airs on Channel 4.

The nearly-four hour film airs in Australia this weekend and details the abuse James Safechuck and Wade Robson allege they suffered at the hands of the late singer while at his Neverland Valley Ranch when they were children.

There had been persistent rumours throughout Jackson's life, but no allegations were ever substantiated.

The 53-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims HBO was violating a "non-disparagement" agreement by airing the documentary.

The decisions not to play Jackson's music will no doubt further tarnish his brand and could result in a loss of radio royalties. He's sold more 1 billion albums worldwide.

"We prefer to observe the situation by removing the songs from our stations, for the time being".

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