’BUR’s Ash­brook stews, canned over abuse claims

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By JOE DWINELL — joed@boston­her­ald.com

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY WBUR

OUT: WBUR host Tom Ash­brook says be­ing let go was ‘pro­foundly un­fair.’

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