Tom Tilley has become Australia’s leading voice in current affairs for young people. As the host of Triple J’s Hack program for over a decade, Tom built a loyal following of listeners both to the live radio show and podcast. He also hosted the Hack Live series on ABC TV.
He’s interviewed Prime Ministers and senior ministers from all sides of politics. Liberal heavy weights Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop as well as Labor leaders Bill Shorten, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
Outside of politics he’s interviewed some of the world’s most influential people including Melinda Gates, Al Gore, Steve Wozniak and Pussy Riot. Add to that a bunch of Australian icons like Tim Winton, David Pocock, Michelle Payne, Julian Assange, Mick Fanning and Rosie Batty.
In 2016/17 Tom presented the Hack Live TV series on ABC2. In this series Tom hosted panel debates on controversial topics like drugs, porn, white nationalism and body obsession. Tom also went into field investigating bizarre scenarios like a swingers club and a cosmetic surgeons chair. He showed an inquisitive disarming style not unlike the BBC’s Louis Theroux.
Tom has appeared on many other ABC TV programs. Reporting for 730, hosting The Drum, as a regular guest on News Breakfast, co-hosting the Australian of the Year Awards, introducing documentaries and appearing as a panelist on the New Years Eve Pub Quiz with Lawrence Mooney. He’s also filled in for Richard Glover on ABC 702 Sydney.
Tom has developed an ability to deliver news that connects directly with millenials. In the Australian Financial Review’s 2015 Power List, Tom was singled out by panellist and senior corporate lawyer David Friedlander, he said: “I sit in an open-plan office and all the guys who sit around me are in their 20s. Every week I learn something new that Tom Tilley has told them on Triple J’s Hack. He just seems to have a big influence on the thinking of the 20-somethings.”
Outside of radio and TV Tom loves hosting live events. He’s hosted events all around Australia including Sydney Writers’ Festival, Antidote at the Sydney Opera House, VIVID Ideas, Federation Square and the QLD Art Gallery.
Tom also has had quite a colourful side project, playing bass in the flamboyant pop act Client Liaison. Together they’ve played Splendour in the Grass, the Falls Festival, Field Day, Listen Out, many other festivals and sold out headline tours. They’ve also been joined onstage by their idols John Farnham, Tina Arena and Daryl Braithwaite.