It remains unclear whether the bans will be permanent or temporary but for now, the stations will continue to avoid the singer's music.
As backlash against the late King of Pop continues following the release of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which revived sexual abuse allegations against the singer, radio stations in New Zealand and Canada are pulling his songs from their playlists.
Multiple major radio stations in New Zealand, including MediaWorks, which owns nearly half the country’s commercial stations, have taken Jackson’s music off its airwaves.
In addition, three major Canadian stations have also banned the superstar’s songs. Christine Dicaire, a spokeswoman for Montreal media company Cogeco, told The Guardian that the ban also applies to 23 smaller stations in the province.
Both countries cite the removal of Jackson’s music as a response to listeners’ reactions to the documentary.