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The host of one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs has been fired over allegations of workplace abuse.
Boston radio station WBUR said Wednesday that On Point host Tom Ashbrook was cleared of sexual misconduct but created an abusive environment for staff. He’s been on leave since December.
Ashbrook says he’s “deeply disappointed” and called his firing “profoundly unfair.” He apologized to colleagues who found him and the show’s pace “just too much.”
The station had received complaints from 11 men and women who previously worked on the show and accused Ashbrook of verbal abuse, bullying and unwanted touching.
Outside firms hired to investigate say Ashbrook didn’t violate sexual misconduct policies but was abusive in other ways.
On Point is carried by more than 290 NPR stations.
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