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News November 29, 2022

Bridget Hustwaite, Ebony Boadu & Declan Byrne Are Leaving Triple J: ‘End of an Era’

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Bridget Hustwaite, Ebony Boadu & Declan Byrne Are Leaving Triple J: ‘End of an Era’

Bridget Hustwaite, Ebony Boadu and Declan Byrne are hanging up the mics at triple j, an exodus that paves the way for three incoming presenters.

“It’s been a wild ride,” writes Hustwaite on social media, “from starting out as a triple j unearthed superuser before hitting the 1-6am mid down roster for a few years, filling in on random shows and then receiving the callup for a full time slot.”

That slot was Good Nights, which she has hosted since 2018 and bills itself as the space for the “hottest new releases, exclusive First Plays and latest music news.”

Hustwaite scratches a seven-year itch with the publicly-funded broadcasters.

It’s the “end of an era,” writes Hustwaite, who joined the ABC in December 2015 as a part-time presenter on triple j.

Along the way, she’s served as a judge on music industry panels for the ARIA Awards, Eurovision’s Australian jury, Music Victoria and NT Song Of The Year Awards, and found time to a book on Endometriosis, How to Endo, published in 2020 via Allen & Unwin, and establish the @endogram blog.

Before walking out the door for the last time, Hustwaite paid thanks to her colleagues and the many “inspiring creatives” she’s engaged with along the way.

“I have always taken my premieres and first plays so seriously and strived to give each new release the love and attention it rightfully deserves,” she adds.

Hustwaite will call time at triple j after completing her show 6-8pm show this Thursday.

The “next chapter” is already taking shape, she promises. “I’m not done yet.”

Latifa Tee, a regular from triple j’s Mix Up and The Nudge, is the new host of Good Nights.

“The only words I can use to describe this moment are grateful and humbled,” she writes. “This is the culmination of 10 years of working in the music industry.“

Meanwhile, triple j Breakfast presenter Boadu waves goodbye after a years-long stint.

The Js’ electronic and hip-hop expert, Boadu got her start on triple j’s Saturday night House Party before taking the plunge for Breakfast with Bryce Mills in 2021.

“I never pictured myself hosting breakfast radio, but I’m so grateful for all the experiences it’s allowed me to be a part of,” she explains.

“From counting down the number one song in the Hottest 100, witnessing iconic Like A Versions every week to sharing my favourite new music with people all over the country. Thank you for waking up with us, making me laugh and sharing in such a formative part of my life. I’ll definitely miss the people but not the 4am alarms.”

Comedian and podcaster Concetta Caristo slots in as the new triple j Breakfast co-host alongside Mills.

Boadu’s last time in the triple j Breakfast studio is this Friday (Dec. 2).

The changes don’t end there. Declan Byrne from triple j’s Home & Hosed is on the way out at year’s end.

“Being able to shout about new Australian music for so long has been a ridiculous privilege,” writes Byrne, who joined triple j in 2013 and has presented Home & Hosed since 2018. 

His successor is Ash McGregor, Breakfast producer and a regular voice on Unearthed, triple j Breakfast, Drive and Blak Out. 

“This is one of those ‘pinch me’ moments that little ash would never believe,” she writes on Insta.

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