John Tusa (1936-), Journalist and television presenter; Managing Director of the Barbican Centre
Sir John Tusa
Sitter in 5 portraits
Arts administrator and journalist. Born in Czechoslovakia, Tusa moved to England in 1939. After studying history at Trinity College, Cambridge he joined the BBC in 1960 as a trainee, later becoming a presenter of The World Tonight (1968) and Newsnight (1979). In 1986 he was appointed managing director of the BBC World Service. As managing director of the Barbican Arts Centre (1995-2007), Tusa organisation flourished under his leadership. His books include Art Matters: reflecting on culture (2000) and Engaged with the Arts: writings from the front line (2007).
by David Smith
pen and ink, 1992