Leon Wratt, the content director for New Zealand radio network MediaWorks, said in a recent interview, "We aren't deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of pedophilia or not". That includes the commercial radio broadcaster MediaWorks, CNN reports.
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. RNZ radio in New Zealand has pulled Jackson from their playlist with program director Dean Buchanan noting, "Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them".
Southern Cross Austereo said they took "allegations of this nature very seriously" but did not plan on cutting Jackson from their playlists.
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Meanwhile, the BBC denied to Variety that it had banned Jackson's music after the Times of London reported that the British broadcasting giant had "quietly dropped" Jackson from their playlists ahead of Leaving Neverland's release. So there's the artist and the alleged abuser...but can we really separate the two?
The HBO documentary, which aired in the United States on Sunday, has rekindled long-running questions about Jackson's relationship with children.
Dubbed the "King of Pop", Jackson sold about 350m records worldwide, making him one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century.
The story also quotes another report in British newspaper The Sun, in which a "source" claims she's anxious that "Leaving Neverland" could damage her fledgling career as a singer and actress.