Follow the Money to Jail?

Nov 10, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Lawyers at the Fox Cable Networks Group could be kept busy this week figuring out whether they really can file criminal charges against staffers who disseminated an e-mail last week listing the take-home pay of everyone in the division, from Fox Sports topper David Hill on down. The anonymous missive caused quite an uproar when it landed in the inboxes of staffers at FX, Fox Sports Net and National Geographic Channel. It was followed by an e-mail from Tony Vinciquerra, president and CEO of the Fox Networks Group, who apologized for the distraction and asked everyone to delete it and not discuss it with anyone outside of the company. Dan Fawcett, general counsel for the unit, sent a darker message to staffers, saying the company was aware some staffers had already forwarded the e-mail. “You will be reprimanded and possibly terminated,” the note said. Mr. Fawcett also warned that violators would be “turned over to law enforcement officials.” A Fox Cable Networks Group spokesperson said, “We cannot comment on criminal matters.”