Tom Tilley (television presenter)

Tom Tilley (born 1981)[1] is an Australian television and radio presenter and journalist who is currently a reporter for the news talk show The Project. He was previously the host of daily radio news program Hack on Triple J between 2011 and 2019.

Tom Tilley
Born1981 (age 40–41)
Victoria, Australia
EducationBachelor of Commerce, Macquarie University
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter, journalist
Years active2007–present
EmployerNetwork 10
TelevisionThe Project


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 held until 2019.[1][3] In 2014, Tilley hosted the first of a number of live studio-based debate and discussion forums broadcast on TV station ABC2.[4] As of July 2017, Tilley has hosted nine of these specials, including five under the Hack Live brand.[5]

Tilley announced in November 2019 that would be stepping down from hosting Hack at the end of the year. He would begin a new role as a contributor and part time host for Network 10's The Project, a program he had previously appeared on as a guest presenter throughout 2019. Prior to leaving the ABC, Tilley also filled-in as host of ABC radio program PM and was the reporter in an episode of current affairs program Foreign Correspondent.[3][6]

Personal lifeEdit

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]

Awards and nominationsEdit

National Live Music AwardsEdit

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2016[11] Tom Tilley (Client Liaison) Live Bassist of the Year Nominated
National Live Music Awards of 2017[12][13] Tom Tilley (Client Liaison) Live Bassist of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Gardner, Jessica (4 November 2016). "Meet Triple J's Tom Tilley: you're sure to be hearing more from him in future". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Cant, Ash (3 March 2017). "Tom Tilley – a voice for young people". Hatch @ Macleay. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Shananhan, Leo (17 November 2019). "Triple J's Tilley to join The Project". The Australian.
  4. ^ Knox, David (1 April 2014). "Airdate: Dead Drunk: A Night in the Cross". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ McPhee, Sarah (23 September 2016). "Triple J's Tilley on 'live, dangerous' TV". Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Triple j Memes For Tash Sultana Loving Teens". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ Watson, Elle (25 January 2015). "Tilley provides his top Triple J pick". Mudgee Guardian.
  8. ^ Thompson, Jacqui (1 August 2013). "Mix Master: Tom Tilley". The Urban List. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  9. ^ Young, Kane (13 April 2017). "Tom will party Tilley drops". Hobart Mercury. p. 32.
  10. ^ Winchester, Bree (15 December 2016). "Meet the Cosmopolitan Bachelor of the Year Canberra finalist". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Nominees 2016". NLMA. 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  12. ^ "NLMA reveal 2017 Nominees". NLMA. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Winners 2017". NLMA. December 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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