Following the recently released documentary of legendary pop singer, Michael Jackson, “Leaving Neverland” CNN has confirmed that some radio stations around the world are banning his songs from been aired.
According to the report, the reported radio stations are situated in Canada and New Zealand.
“Michael Jackson isn’t currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations’ playlists,” MediaWorks radio director Leon Wratt shared in an official statement. “This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear.”
MediaWorks rival NZME will also no longer play Michael Jackson records. “NZME station playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them,” NZME entertainment director Dean Buchanan explained to the New Zealand Herald.
Radio NZ, a radio station in New Zealand stated that it will only play Jackson’s songs if they contribute to a particular story or “provide colour around a commentary piece.”
Hypebeast adds that three ‘well-known Montreal stations’ have also removed Michael Jackson’s music from their rotations as well, “while many other Canadian companies are currently keeping a tab on the situation to see how it develops.”