The pressure of low ratings and jumping advertisers.
The announcement by the chief executive of News Corporation, the parent company of The Times, comes after a public and media backlash against Fox and one of its publishing houses, HarperCollins, over the publication of If I Did It and a two-hour interview.
Anger from the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman was followed quickly by mutiny from several Fox affliliates, who refused to broadcast the interview.
Two of Fox News’s biggest stars also condemned the project as “garbage” and called for the book to be boycotted.
Mr Murdoch said last night that the decision to shelve the project was prompted by widespread viewer outrage. “I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project,” he said.