Public radio host fired for creating alleged abusive environment

Public radio host fired for creating alleged abusive environment
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Boston public radio host Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed amid allegations that he created an abusive workplace, WBUR said Wednesday.

Ashbrook, the host of the call-in radio show "On Point," was suspended from the station in December as he faced allegations of sexual misconduct. 

An independent investigation cleared him of those allegations, but determined that Ashbrook created an "abusive work environment," WBUR and Boston University, which runs the station, said. 

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

"I am deeply disappointed by this decision, which I believe is profoundly unfair both to me and the listeners who are been [sic] such a part of On Point," he said.

"I am very proud of my sixteen years at WBUR, contributing to the national dialogue in a way that is especially important today. I am also proud of the extraordinary team who worked with me on the program and made it what it was."

Ashbrook was put on leave in December after the station had received complaints from 11 men and women accusing the radio host of verbal assaults, intimidating actions, consistent bullying and unwanted touching.