Radio stations in Canada have been taking action to show that they will not stand for sexual abuse allegations. Several Canadian radio stations have now banned Michael Jackson songs due to child-molestation allegations against the singer. Three major stations in Montreal, as well as several smaller stations in the province of Quebec, are now refusing to play the deceased pop singer's songs amidst accusations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.
This move comes after Michael Jackson was reaccused of child molestation in a new documentary titled Finding Neverland. The HBO documentary was released Sunday on March 3, and the singer's songs were pulled from Montreal radio stations the following day on Monday morning, according to CBC News.
Cogeco Media has stopped playing Michael Jackson's songs at three major stations in Montreal: French-language stations CKOI and Rythme, as well as English-speaking station The Beat.
On top of this, the decision will also affect other Cogeco Media stations throughout the province of Quebec, according to CBC News. Cogeco Media runs a total of 23 radio stations with over five million people tuning in each week, CBC News reports.
The director of marketing and communications for Cogeco has issued a written statement in response to the move. "We are attentive to listeners' comments, and last night's documentary created reactions," said Christine Dicaire, according to CBC News.
So far, Cogeco Media is the only radio station operator in Canada to ban Michael Jackson's music from playing on air. However, time will tell if other Canadian radio stations decide to follow in their footsteps.
HBO documentary Leaving Neverland documents Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, sharing their side of the story as alleged victims of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson.
"At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families," reads the documentary description on IMDB. "Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson.