Triple J's Tom Tilley exits for 'new opportunities'

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 18 November 2019

Triple J stalwart and long-time host of the radio network's Hack program, Tom Tilley has revealed he will exit the show at the end of this year, taking on a bigger role on Network Ten's The Project

After eight years as the host of the popular youth issues and current affairs program, Tilley will see out the year, while continuing his work with The Project and ABC Books, where he has just signed his first deal.

Reports from The Australian indicate that the radio host will be swapping TV, taking on an on-air position with The Project's current panel.

However, in a statement from the ABC, Tilley nor the public broadcaster made any formal statement on the matter, just that his work with the Network Ten news program would be ongoing.

“Hack has taken me further than my wildest dreams, from a naive triple j listener in the paddocks of Mudgee to interviewing the country’s most powerful people," Tilley says.

"While grilling ministers live on radio was a lot of fun and often necessary, my proudest moments are our conversations about mental health.

"Allowing young people around Australia to open up, realise they’re not alone in their struggle and then push our politicians to do more, is something that brings me to tears when I think about it."

Tilley also added that it was now time to let another "passionate young journo" take over the role. He also took the opportunity to thank those who had worked with him during his time on Triple J.

The hack host becomes the second major on-air talent to depart for opportunities on the commercial side of the media business, with Triple J breakfast hosts Ben and Liam also announcing their move from the public broadcaster to join Nova in Adelaide.

Triple J will be announcing its 2020 presenter line-up at some stage this week.

Have something to say on this? Share your views in the comments section below. Or if you have a news story or tip-off, drop us a line at

Sign up to the AdNews newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for breaking stories and campaigns throughout the day.

comments powered by Disqus