The Hottest 100 will not be held on Australia Day next year, radio station Triple J has announced.
The station – which has broadcast the show on 26 January on most years since 1998 – said the change came after a public survey.
‘You told us how much you love the countdown and most of you are up for a new day,’ the station wrote in a statement.
‘We all agreed that the Hottest 100 shouldn’t be part of a debate about the day it’s on. The only debate should be about the songs.’
So what exactly is the new date?
According to the broadcaster, we should all stay tuned on Saturday 27 January 2018 – as the Hottest 100 will be played that day instead.
‘Triple J will be freed up to celebrate Australia Day as its own event too,’ the statement read.
‘We have some new programming planned for 26 January (more on that later).’
The change in date came after increasing debate about whether the current date was appropriate for all Australians.
‘As the public broadcaster representing all Australians, Triple J and the ABC doesn’t take a view in the discussions,’ the statement continued.
‘However, in recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day.
‘The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year.
‘It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world. This is really important to us.’
For more on the Hottest 100 visit the Triple J website here