’BUR’s Ashbrook stews, canned over abuse claims
A fired-up Tom Ashbrook, the onetime voice of WBUR’s popular “On Point” show, said being bounced from the station is “profoundly unfair.”
The left-leaning talk show was one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs, but Ashbrook’s involvement ended yesterday, Boston University announced.
He was dismissed, according to the BU Today online publication, over allegations of workplace turmoil.
“I am deeply disappointed by this decision, which I believe is profoundly unfair both to me and the listeners who are such a part of On Point. I am very proud of my sixteen years at WBUR, contributing to the national dialogue in a way that is especially important today,” Ashbrook said in his statement.
The university announced “an independent review verified claims that (Ashbrook) had created an abusive work environment.” BU Today stressed Ashbrook’s “unwelcome conduct was not sexual in nature.”
Ashbrook questioned complaints of his management style.
“I’m sorry to those who found the show’s pace and me just too much,” he wrote. “We strove for excellence in really challenging times and sometimes colleagues’ feelings were hurt along the way. I regret that.”
Ashbrook’s attorney Laura R. Studen took direct aim at the university.
“Boston University’s decision was based solely on issues with Tom’s management of the team, which the university failed to address in a timely and professional manner that would have resolved these issues,” she said in a statement.
“On Point” is carried by more than 290 NPR stations.
OUT: WBUR host Tom Ashbrook says being let go was ‘profoundly unfair.’