Meghna Chakrabarti, David Folkenflik to host WBUR’s ‘On Point’
Two people will replace Tom Ashbrook on WBUR’s syndicated talk show, “On Point,” the station announced Wednesday.
Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik are sharing the assignment, according to a posting on the public radio station’s website.
Starting Aug. 20, Chakrabarti will host the two-hour show Monday through Thursday, while Folkenflik will host on Friday, the station said.
Tom Ashbrook, the founder of “On Point” and its host, was dismissed by Boston University in February after a review of workplace complaints concluded he had created an abusive environment for those working on his program, the Globe reported.
In April, Ashbrook penned a column for the Globe, asking whether there “was a way back” for him in the wake of his dismissal.
In a note sent to WBUR’s community, General Manager Charlie Kravetz said that new hosts will take the program in “an exciting new direction” and will provide “fresh voices.”
The announcement of the new hosts included brief biographies.
Chakrabarti currently hosts “Radio Boston,” a one-hour weekday program on WBUR, and “Modern Love: The Podcast.” She also plays a fill-in role on “Here & Now,” a news program produced at WBUR and distributed by National Public Radio.
Folkenflik is the media correspondent for NPR News, which he joined in 2004 after working for the Baltimore Sun newspaper for more than 10 years. He will host from NPR’s New York studios.
“It’s worth noting that both Meghna and David also represent today’s modern listener — smart, diverse, working parents with small kids at home,’’ Kravetz wrote. “So while they’ll be hosts first and foremost, I believe they’ll also be relevant and relatable in a way that resonates, bringing their personal experiences and insights to bear.”