Triple j Hottest 100 won't be held on Australia Day

The ABC announced the change on Monday. Source Twitter Triple J

The ABC announced the change on Monday. Source Twitter Triple J

This afternoon triple j announced that as of next year the Hottest 100 would no longer be held on Australia Day.

In a statement their federal president, Aiden Depiazzi, said "Australia Day is a proud day of celebration for who we are as a nation, while boldly looking to the future".

"Over the past 12 months, we've been speaking to heaps of different people who would be affected by this decision, including musicians, community leaders, representative groups, triple j staff, ABC groups, and a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media, language groups, and numerous Indigenous artists featured on triple j", the station said.

A publicly-backed campaign to change the date carried momentum previous year and included multiple high profile Indigenous artists campaigning (and writing songs) on the importance of changing the date from what they know as "Survival" or "Invasion Day".

"It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together", said the station, adding the decision had been supported by two surveys.

But communications minister Mitch Fifield, who is in charge of the ABC, said he was "bewildered" by the decision.

It's a decision that's not without controversy, and despite 60% of people polled saying that they're in favour of a date change, the station has already copped some vociferous responses.

Triple J had resisted calls to move the date in 2016, but said the timing was under review.

To say that Australia Day is a day of grieving or a day of mourning for Aboriginal people - that's a one-dimensional characterisation of history.

It also followed the decision of Yarra City Council, and other councils around the country, to not hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day.

Voting for next year's Hottest 100 will open on 12 Dec and close on 22 January.

"And move forward in a way that's respectful and understands why we need to move forward".

"We've listened closely to how all of you felt about the Hottest 100 and responded with what's the right choice, right now, that reflects the variety of complicated views".

According to a recent survey, more than 70% of Australians identify the day as important to them, but only 43% could name its historical origin.

Indigenous rapper Briggs, as part of his award-winning duo A.B. Original, has been one of the loudest voices calling for Triple J to reconsider holding the Hottest 100 on Australia Day, and changing the date of Australia Day itself altogether.

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