'On Point' host Tom Ashbrook dismissed from WBUR

Tom Ashbrook On Point host WBUR

Tom Ashbrook On Point host WBUR

The reports also identified the need for the University to more clearly define On Point's organizational structure, provide stronger management control for the program, and provide the staff with better training on how to raise and pursue grievance procedures.

WBUR's embattled "On Point" host Tom Ashbrook "won't be returning" to the popular show, BU Today announced, in a decision he called "profoundly unfair".

Boston University, which operates the radio station, said a law firm and a consulting firm conducted a pair of investigations into Ashbrook's alleged conduct. BOSTON UNIVERSITY's decision was based exclusively 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.

Tom Ashbrook has been on leave during an investigation of claims that he created an abusive work environment.

The investigators from both firms talked with about 60 people, including those who made complaints, other current or past On Point employees, station management, and Ashbrook himself.

One review, by Longpoint Consulting, verified claims that Ashbrook had created an abusive work environment, according to the university.

"On Point employees expressed enormous pride in the program and they recognized that along with everyone else, Mr. Ashbrook was under a great deal of pressure to make sure that the two-hour daily program was flawless", Nicksa said of what investigators reported. That inquiry found that Ashbrook's unwelcome conduct was not sexual in nature, and did not constitute sexual harassment under the school's Sexual Misconduct/Title IX policy.

Charlie Kravetz, the station's general manager, said the station must do better.

Ashbrook hosted On Point for 16 years.

Ashbrook, a former Boston Globe editor, began at WBUR by helping provide live special coverage after the September 11, 2001, attacks. It was renamed "On Point" in 2002.

Ashbrook said in a statement that he was "disappointed" by WBUR and BU decision to dismiss him, and apologized "to those who found the show's pace and me just too much".

"On Point employees expressed enormous pride in the program and they recognized that along with everyone else, Mr. Ashbrook was under a great deal of pressure to make sure that the two-hour daily program was ideal". I've felt a bad urgency about our country's direction, and that urgency played out - maybe too stridently sometimes - in our workplace. Many listeners and guests have reached out to me to express their support, and I can't express how much that has meant to me.

The question now is: Can "On Point" thrive without Tom Ashbrook?

"This is an opportunity to upgrade 'On Point, ' " said Ken Mills, a public radio consultant in Minneapolis.