John Tusa is the Managing Director of the Corporation of London's Barbican Centre.
After taking a First Class Honours Degree in History at Trinity College, Cambridge, John Tusa joined the BBC as a General Trainee in 1960.
In 1979, John Tusa joined "Newsnight" at its start and began a long association until 1986. During that time he was named the Royal Television Society's TV Journalist of the Year in 1983, and received BAFTA's Richard Dimbleby Award in 1984. In 1982 he started the pioneering history programme, "Timewatch", on BBC 2.
In September 1986, John Tusa became Managing Director of the BBC External Services, which he re-named BBC World Service in 1988. He concluded his six year contract in December 1992, after setting up BBC World Service Television in 1992, celebrating the organisation's 60th anniversary, and significantly expanding its hours of broadcasting and its reach to a world wide audience of over 120 million. In April 1993, John Tusa returned to journalism as presenter of the reformatted BBC TV "One O'Clock News".
In November 1995, John Tusa became Managing Director of the Corporation of London's Barbican Centre.
In 1997 he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London, and in 1998 was conferred the Order of the White Rose of Finland, Knight First Class, by the President of Finland.
Sir John Tusa Chairman of the Wigmore Hall Trust, Chairman of the Government Art Collection, has been a Trustee at the British Museum since 2000, a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery from 1988 - 2000, a Trustee of the Design Museum from 1999 - 2000, and a Board Member of English National Opera since 1994. He has Honorary Doctorates from London University, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and City University, London. In July 1999 he was awarded Honorary Membership of The Royal Academy of Music and in October 1999 Honorary Membership of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He has co-authored two books of contemporary history with his wife, the historian Ann Tusa: "The Nuremburg Trial" (1983) and "The Berlin Blockade" (1988). He has also written two volumes of essays on broadcasting and journalism: "Conversations with the World" (1990) and "A World in your Ear" (1992). In May 1999 he published a book of essays on the arts and culture called "Art Matters, Reflecting on Culture", issued in paperback with additional material in August 2000. His most recent book "On Creativity" explores the process of creativity thorough a collection of interviews from his BBC Radio 3 series and features such internationally acclaimed artists as Howard Hodgkin, Paula Rego and Frank Auerbach. He regularly writes arts and culture pieces for the national newspapers, arts magazines, and gives lectures.