Sir John Tusa (1956)

Sir John Tusa
Sir John Tusa

Having begun his career at the BBC, Sir John Tusa (1956) was a main presenter of “Newsnight”, and from 1986 to 1992 was Managing Director of BBC World Service, during which the foundations of BBC World Service Television were laid. He read History at Trinity, and was awarded a knighthood in June 2003.

  • From 1995 to 2007 he was Managing Director of the City of London’s Barbican Arts Centre.
  • From January 2009 to 2014 Tusa was Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme.
  • From 2000 until 2005 Tusa interviewed 55 major figures in the arts for BBC Radio 3.
  • From October 2009 until the end of the year Tusa presented a 91-part series on BBC Radio 4. Day By Day used original archive news material to track events on a daily basis from 1989, including the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • In 2014 he became Co-Chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra.