More details emerged Monday about harassment allegations brought against acclaimed WBUR host Tom Ashbrook, who’s currently suspended from his “On Point” radio program while the network investigates the complaints.
A story posted to the WBUR website said 11 mostly young women and men who’ve worked for Ashbrook described a pattern of abuse including name calling, scoffing at show ideas during meetings, and “creepy” sex talk, along with hugs and back or neck rubs after his tirades.
Ashbrook, a former Boston Globe editor who has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show for 16 years, defended himself in a text message to a WBUR reporter.
“In the pressure of a live radio environment, I have at times been a tough and demanding boss,” he wrote. “We aspire to put out a top-notch show. Many people have thrived in that environment; a few have not. . . . I can’t describe how deeply upsetting this is to me. I am sure that once the facts come out that people will see me for who I am — flawed but caring and decent in all my dealings with others.”
Ashbrook has also worked for the South China Morning Post and is the author of “The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush,” according to his biography on the WBUR website.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.