‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary Draws Solid Ratings For HBO

Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland

Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland

For decades, Michael Jackson was one of the most beloved musicians on the planet, but now that is starting to change in light of the Leaving Neverland documentary that recently premiered on HBO.

The divisive Michael Jackson documentary "Leaving Neverland" might not have aired in the United Kingdom yet, but that did not stop die-hard fans of the late singer from standing on the streets of London to protest his innocence on Wednesday.

"We are attentive to the comments of our listeners, and the documentary released on Sunday evening created reactions", Christine Dicaire of Cogeco said in a statement to AFP.

'In light of what is happening at the moment, SmoothFM is not now playing any Michael Jackson songs, ' local media quoted Nova's programme director Paul Jackson as saying.

As the NYT points out, Leon Wratt, the content director for New Zealand radio network MediaWorks, gave an interview on Magic, one of the company's stations, explaining the rationale.

Another broadcaster NZME said Jackson's music will also be stopped.

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Jackson, who died in 2009, faces new accusations of abuse in "Leaving Neverland", a two-part film that began airing on HBO last Sunday.

Jackson's estate has denied wrongdoing and filed a $100 million (£76m) lawsuit against HBO.

Multiple major radio stations in New Zealand, including MediaWorks, which owns almost half the country's commercial stations, have taken Jackson's music off its airwaves.

The decisions not to play Jackson's music will no doubt further tarnish his brand and could result in a loss of royalties.

6IX program director Brad Pottinger said: "We are still happy to play Michael Jackson".

BBC2 in England has reportedly banned Jackson's music, too, according to Variety.

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