Australian radio station bans Michael Jackson songs following paedophilia allegations

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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.

Dean Buchanan, group director of entertainment at broadcaster NZME said: "NZME station playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them". That includes the commercial radio broadcaster MediaWorks, CNN reports.

'The decisions we make about the music we play on any of our stations are dependent on the relevance to the audience and the current context, ' he said in a statement given to Daily Mail Australia.

Sonshine FM was the only Perth-based radio station to say it had pulled Jackson from the airwaves following the release of the Leaving Neverland documentary.

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.

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

The first part of Leaving Neverland drew in an audience 1.29 million viewers on Sunday night, says HBO, which was the third-largest audience for a documentary on the network in the last ten years.

"These remain allegations and therefore we now intend to continue to play his music on occasion", said a spokesman for the company, which owns Hit 92.9 and Mix 94.5.

"The grooming had started long before we ever met", he added, citing Jackson's stardom and his image.

Filmmaker Dan Reed said he hoped the allegations will shift opinions on Jackson and has asked fans to "re-evaluate the way we see" the singer. "It's like a scourge on humanity", she said.

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