Fox Cable Networks Group Exec Fired Over Malaysia Airlines Fundraising Email

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Fox Cable Networks Group exec Darlene Lieblich Tipton was fired earlier this month after using her company email address to help raise money for relatives of passengers on the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Tipton’s dismissal came after she sent an email seeking support for a fundraising campaign to aid families of the 239 passengers and crew members on the plane that disappeared last month on what was supposed to be a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

A Fox spokesman declined comment on the specifics of Tipton’s departure but confirmed she has left the company.

“The conduct and communications at issue were not authorized by Fox and were in violation of company policy. As soon as we became aware we took appropriate steps,” the spokesman said.

Tipton had been with Fox for at least a dozen years, most recently serving as VP of standards and practices for the cable networks group. In 2005, Tipton ran unsuccessfully for the post of second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ executive committee.

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  1. TV101 says:

    I think there is more to this story. People have been known to occasionally send e-mails like this using their company e-mail addresses. Strange.

  2. psfco says:

    Considering all of the Negatives FOX is known for it seems ironic to fire a 12 year employee for actually doing something for others. Are you sure its not that Fox can now bring in someone for a lot less money to fill her shoes

  3. OK. Using company e-mail for anything other than company business is a mistake.
    But I’m trying to imagine the outrage of O’Reilly and Hannity, had this happened at MSNBC…
    They would’ve had lots of fun with it.. “The Liberal War on Charity!!!”

  4. Jeff Bailey says:

    Way to go FOX, your showing your true non humanitarian corporate self. Another good reason to boycott you.

  5. Jacques Strappe says:

    I always assumed FOX had practically no standards so obviously Ms. Tipton’s VP position was superfluous.

  6. johntshea says:

    Fox’s standards and practices sound quite draconian. Firing is a grotesque over-reaction to such a minor matter. It is well past time for such corporate lawmaking to be curbed by the government, the only people we have ever authorized to make our laws.

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