triple j’s longtime Hack host Tom Tilley will exit the national youth broadcaster at the end of this year.

After eight years as the host of Hack, the broadcaster’s youth issues and current affairs program, triple j says Tom Tilley is off “to pursue new opportunities.”

He will continue to work with The Project and has signed his first publishing deal with ABC Books.

Tom Tilley says of his time at triple j:

“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. 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.

“Now after twelve years at triple j and eight years hosting Hack, it’s time to let another passionate young journo take the reins and for me to explore new exciting opportunities. From the bottom of my heart thank you to all the producers, reporters, managers, mentors, friends and family who’ve helped this country boy’s dreams come true.”

Tilley’s time at triple j has seen him interview Prime Ministers, chat to Sir David Attenborough and countless world leaders, and coin own catch phrase, ‘Let’s Talk!’.

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Tom Tilley will finish up in his at triple j in mid-December. triple j will announce his replacement during its 2020 presenter line-up announcement later this week.