Tom Tilley (television presenter)

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Tom Tilley
Born (1981-01-16) 16 January 1981 (age 39)[citation needed]
EducationBachelor of Commerce, Macquarie University
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter, journalist
Years active2007–present
EmployerNetwork 10
TelevisionThe Project

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.


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 life[edit]

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 nominations[edit]

National Live Music Awards[edit]

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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