Monday, April 21, 2014

Fox executive fired over Flight 370 charity email

Frazier Moore

A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired.  Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights. She said she began by emailing Sarah Bajc, an American whose boyfriend, Philip Wood, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and who has made frequent TV appearances since the plane's March 8 disappearance.

Fox spokesman Scott Grogin said Tipton's "conduct and communications" violated company policy. Citing privacy concerns, he declined to discuss particulars, but he said, "As soon as we became aware, we took appropriate steps." He confirmed that Tipton has left the company.  Tipton was with Fox for a quarter-century before her April 9 dismissal. She said she plans to continue with her initiative, soliciting contributions through the crowdfunding website GoFundMe......To Read More...
My Take - Does anyone besides me find this a bit strange? After 25 years I'm sure she must know company policy by now, but after 25 years I would think a mere reprimand would seem to be more appropriate than a firing, especially when you consider she was attempting to do something most people would consider a 'good deed'. Maybe it's true that no ‘good deed goes unpunished. There's more to this story, and probably worth watching to see what goes on at that top of Fox. But either way – I find this strange!

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