Sir John Tusa

Sir John Tusa

Sir John Tusa is a British arts administrator, and radio and television journalist. Born in ZlÍn, Czechslovakia, in March 1936, Tusa moved to England with his family in 1939.

Tusa was educated at St Faith’s School, before moving onto Gresham School in Holt and then Trinity College Cambridge, where he gained a first class degree in History.

He is co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2014. Chairman of the British Architecture Trust Board, RIBA, from 2014. From 1980 to 1986 he was a main presenter of BBC 2’s Newsnight programme. From 1986 to 1993 he was managing director of the BBC World Service. From 1995 to 2007 he was managing director of the City of London’s Barbican Arts Centre.

Tusa received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1993, and awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2003.

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