Michael Jackson documentary fallout could dent Sony's $250 million deal

Oliver! star Mark Lester left ‘sick’ by Michael Jackson child abuse claims			
				 
   by Daniel Binns 
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Oliver! star Mark Lester left ‘sick’ by Michael Jackson child abuse claims by Daniel Binns Published

The news comes after several publications reported that Jackson's music had been dropped by BBC Radio 2 earlier this week, something the BBC has since refuted.

'We [MediaWorks] aren't deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of paedophilia, we're just making sure our radio stations are going to play the music people want to hear, ' MediaWorks Group content director Leon Wratt said.

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

Pals Jackson and Lester
Pals Jackson and Lester

A spokesman for Radio NZ, a publicly-funded broadcaster, said it would only play Jackson if it was "part of a news story or to provide color around a commentary piece".

Three major radio stations in the Montreal area have stopped playing his music, too, according to AV Club.

The idea of Jackson serially abusing these.

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"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.

"Generally our policy is to judge the song not the artist, but we do react to listener complaints", Jones told the West Australian.

It also follows a new documentary hitting TV screens around the world, which makes explosive sexual assault claims against Jackson.

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Leaving Neverland, the first half of which aired on Channel 4 last night, could never be mistaken for a music documentary. The men had previously denied Jackson molested them and supported him against authorities.

Michael Jackson pictured with James Safechuck. Tiny Record Shop in Toronto has taken a public stand, refusing to stock any of Jackson's records.

Peter Andre has defended the late singer amid the sex abuse allegations in Leaving Neverland.

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