Leaving Neverland scores more viewers in UK than US

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Australian, Canadian and New Zealand radio stations have chose to stop playing Michael Jackson's music as new allegations of sexual abuse have been claimed against the late king of pop.

As reported by Radio Today, multiple stations in Canada and New Zealand dropped the artist earlier this week.

Australian radio network Nova Entertainment Group, whose assets include Nova 96.9 and smoothfm, have joined the ranks of those global networks in pulling Michael Jackson's music from their playlists.

Fresh claims of sexual abuse against late pop music king, Michael Jackson, have popped up and now several radio stations are boycotting his music.

The Jackson estate has called the documentary a "public lynching", threatening to sue HBO and Channel 4 over it.

Cogeco Media operates 23 radio stations and says the decision will also apply in smaller markets in Quebec.

Popstar Michael Jackson addresses a press conference at the O2 arena in London, on March 5, 2009.

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Some of pop music's most instantly recognisable songs like Billie Jean, Man In The Mirror and Beat It are being pulled from the radio station playlists in response to the controversy around Finding Neverland.

Two men, James Safechuck and Australian-born Wade Robson, say Jackson sexually abused them when they were aged 10 and seven.

The documentary Leaving Neverland has left Michael Jackson's legacy in jeopardy.

Leaving Neverland similarly aired across two nights on HBO - a release agreement that likely reflects the level of investment for the film, with the WarnerMedia-owned channel providing the lion's share of the financing.

Pallett, who was subject to widespread backlash following her appearance on last year's Celebrity Big Brother, urged people not to believe what they see on TV ahead of a controversial documentary about the singer.

Michael Jackson, who first shot to fame as the child star of family band the Jackson 5, had a profound impact on popular American music.

Allegations of sexual abuse shadowed Jackson throughout much of his adult life, but he was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005 and died four years later.

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