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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Canadian radio stations stop playing Michael Jackson songs after HBO documentary on abuse allegations

Michael Jackson (Michael A. Mariant/AP)
Michael Jackson (Michael A. Mariant/AP)

Associated Press Reporters

Three major Montreal radio stations have stopped playing Michael Jackson songs as a result of child abuse allegations against the late musician that aired in an HBO documentary.

A spokeswoman for the owner of the French-language stations CKOI and Rythme and the English-language The Beat says Jackson’s music was pulled starting on Monday morning.

Cogeco spokeswoman Christine Dicaire said the action is a response to listener reactions to the documentary.

She added that the decision will also apply to Cogeco Media stations in smaller markets in Quebec. The company operates 23 radio stations.

The documentary Leaving Neverland began airing on HBO on Sunday. It details the abuse allegations of two men who had previously denied Jackson molested them.

The documentary airs on Channel 4 tonight at 9am and concludes tomorrow night.

Read more: Music industry's conspiracy of silence on underage sex is decades old

'I want to speak the truth as loud as I spoke the lie' - James Safechuck on Michael Jackson and Leaving Neverland 

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