Michael Jackson’s songs have been pulled from Smooth FM following a wave of fresh allegations that the late singer sexually abused children.
Nova Entertainment Company became the first Australian company to take a stand following the airing of documentary Leaving Neverland on Thursday night, in which the singer was accused of child sex abuse.
It follows the decision of three radio stations in Canada, one in Netherlands and New Zealand’s public broadcaster RNZ who have also reportedly banned Jackson’s hits.
Paul Jackson, Nova Entertainment’s group programme director said: “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.
“In light of what is happening at the moment, smoothfm is not currently playing any Michael Jackson songs.”
While a statue of the late singer has also been removed from the National Football Museum in Manchester.
The tribute had been commissioned by Fulham’s then chairman Mohammed Al Fayed following Jackson’s death in 2009.
But this week the statue of Michael singing into a microphone dressed in his trademark military jacket and one glove has been taken down.
An NFM spokesperson said: “Plans have been under way for a number of months to remove the Michael Jackson statue from display as part of our ongoing plans to better represent the stories we want to tell about football.
“As a result of this, the statue has now been removed.”
On Wednesday evening Channel 4 aired the first part of the Leaving Neverland documentary that saw the singer accused of child sex abuse by Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
The shocking claims left viewers ‘sickened’ by the programme which sparked outraged among some of Jackson’s most ardent fans.
It led to protests outside Channel 4 as Jackson fans vented their fury over the decision to screen the movie.
The late singer’s estate has since confirmed plans to sue the documentary makers, and his family condemned the film in a scathing statement, comparing it to a “public lynching”.
The Thriller hitmaker was tried on child molestations charges in 2004-2005 – but he was acquitted on every count.
He died in 2009 aged 50.