Tom Ballard Talks Triple J Text Line, John Howard’s Sex Life And ‘Haters’

Australian comedian and former triple j breakfast host Tom Ballard is now almost a year removed from leaving a job requiring him to wake up at 4am every day and seven episodes deep into a new appointment enabling him to say he’s watching The Bachelor for “research” purposes.

To celebrate, we caught up with the ever-chill Sydney-based media personality to discuss his new gig on ABC TV’s Reality Check, jokes he regrets and how an abusive text message on the triple j text line inspired him and former colleague Alex Dyson to not be the worst dudes on radio. It truly is heartwarming.  

On dealing with ‘haters’ and jokes he may or may not regret…

‘Reality Check’ hosted by Tom Ballard airs Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC.

Tom Ballard performs live at the Sydney Fringe in Sydney next month.