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Feb 14, 3:18 PM EST

Host of NPR's 'On Point' fired over workplace abuse claims


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BOSTON (AP) -- 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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