Tom Tilley (radio presenter)

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Tom Tilley
Born16 January 1980/1981(age 38–39)
EducationBachelor of Commerce, Macquarie University
Occupation Radio presenter
Years active2007–2019
Employer Triple J, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Home town Mudgee, NSW

Tom Tilley (born 1981) [1] is an Australian radio presenter who currently hosts daily news program Hack on Triple J. He has also appeared on TV, hosting Hack Live, a studio based discussion program on ABC2.



Interested in journalism from a young age, Tilley undertook work experience at a radio station and for a newspaper during high school, but was initially discouraged by relatives from pursuing it as a career due to the difficulties in finding work within the industry. [2] He worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank for two years after graduating from university before choosing to change career paths. [1] After travelling overseas and teaching himself video editing skills, Tilley decided that journalism was what he ultimately wanted to break into. [1]

Tilley began working at the ABC in late 2005, undertaking secretarial work in its newsroom as a casual employee. [1] He later moved into radio presenting, first during the late-night 'graveyard shift', and later as a talk-back presenter. [2] In 2007, Tilley succeeded in landing a role as a reporter for daily Triple J news and current affairs radio program Hack, initially answering phone calls from listeners and working as an off location reporter from the Northern Territory. [1] [2] In 2011, he became host of the program, a role which he continues in today. [1]

In 2014, Tilley hosted the first of a number of live studio-based debate and discussion forums broadcast on TV station ABC2. [3] As of July 2017, Tilley has hosted nine of these specials, including five under the Hack Live brand. [4]

Tilley has made several appearances in viral internet memes during his time at Triple J. [5] In 2018 he featured prominently on posts from the viral Facebook page Triple J Memes For Tash Sultana Loving Teens. [6]

In November 2019, Tilley announced that he would be leaving Triple J at the end of the year to take up a new position with Network 10 as a contributor and fill in host on The Project .

Personal life

Tilley grew up in Mudgee, NSW with his parents and three brothers. [1] He attended Mudgee High School where he became school captain. [7] Following high school, he moved to Newport, Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University. [1] [8] He now resides in Tamarama. [1]

Tilley is a bassist for Client Liaison during their live performances, [1] and also has experience as a DJ. [9] In 2016, he was a finalist in the Cleo Bachelor of the Year award. [10]

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