Peter Andre DEFENDS Michael Jackson following sex abuse claims

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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. "This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences - it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear".

Three major Canadian Cogeco-owned radio stations and smaller market stations have already pulled Jackson's music from their airwaves.

The Nova Entertainment Company, which counts easy-listening station Smooth FM among its stable, became the first Australian company to take action after the accusations were aired in a British-made documentary, Leaving Neverland, on Sunday.

The two-part, four hour documentary on HBO tells Wade Robson and James Safechuck's stories of detailed allegations of repeated abuse over years by the singer who died in 2009. Others held signs that read "Michael Jackson Innocent" and "More records than any other artist, son, husband, father".

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RNZ radio in New Zealand has pulled Jackson from their playlist with program director Dean Buchanan noting, "Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them".

The decision to ban Jackson's tracks comes amid heightened scrutiny of the pop star across the globe - with a number of radio stations ditching his music due to paedophilia allegations. That includes the commercial radio broadcaster MediaWorks, CNN reports.

The first part of Leaving Neverland drew in an audience 1.29 million viewers on Sunday night, says HBO, which was the third-largest audience for a documentary on the network in the last ten years.

"This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption".

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