The comedian Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis had in the BBC 4 Weekly comedy show, The Now Show, made light of the troubles in Northern Ireland by referring to the pop star and terrorist group as "80s celebrities".
They said: "I can't believe which 80s celebrities I want back less, Michael Jackson or the IRA."
In addition to Jackson's complaint several listeners to the show were also said to have lodged complaints. Coming on the back of the problems the BBC have had with Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand and Carole Thatcher I can imagine they will be quick to smooth this over
Michael Jackson is currently set to start his "This is it" tour with a residency at the 02 centre in London.