Fox Cable Networks Group Exec Fired Over Malaysia Airlines Fundraising Email

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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