Early this week, a veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones on the missing Malaysian airplane’s passenger list was fired. The employee, Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, 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. “We want to raise money for families, to give them immediate relief,” Tipton said during a phone interview from her Los Angeles home. “Otherwise, they could be in court for years.”
Tipton and her husband have talked about plans to sue Fox for wrongful termination. The investigation into what happened to Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, continued Saturday with searches of a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed.