Ex-Fox FX VP sentenced for wiretapping

LOS ANGELES: A former Fox FX communications executive has been sentenced to three years probation for secretly dialing in to conference calls after he was terminated.

LOS ANGELES: A former Fox FX communications executive has been sentenced to three years probation for secretly dialing in to conference calls after he was terminated.

Randolph Steven Webster, a VP in Fox FX's West Coast publicity department from 1999 to 2001, was charged last year with one count of felony wiretapping for using an unchanged passcode to listen in on FX conference calls after he was no longer with the company. He then shared the information he learned with the media in order to create bad press for his former employer.

The prosecution charged that Webster, who worked at both Sony and Universal Television Group after leaving FX, had listened in on more than 250 meetings and relayed information to reporters about advertising, ratings, and productions.

In addition to probation, Webster was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution.

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