Fox Affiliates Ban Simpson Special
The bosses of several Fox affiliate networks are refusing to air the controversial OJ SIMPSON TV special in which the former footballer discusses hypothetically how he would have killed his ex-wife. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of NICOLE and her friend RON GOLDMAN in 1995 in a criminal case, but was found liable for their deaths in 1997 and ordered to pay $33.5 million (GBP18.6 million) in damages to the families of the victims. The two-part special, IF I DID IT, HERE'S HOW IT HAPPENED is scheduled to air on media mogul Rupert Murdoch's network on 27 November (06), but Lin Broadcasting and Pappas Broadcasting, which own a total of nine Fox affiliates, have no interest in showing the footage. General manager of Lin-owned WLUK-TV, JAY ZOLLAR, says, "After careful consideration regarding the nature of the show, as well as the feedback we received from the viewers of northeast Wisconsin, we are determined that this programming was not serving the local public interest." Pappas stations meanwhile, are uninterested in helping Simpson profit from the controversial project. Simpson has already come under fire from the families of his ex-wife and Goldman for trying to make money from their deaths.