Andy Muirhead

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Andy Muirhead
Born 1975
Sale, Victoria
Occupation Radio and television presenter
Comedian
Biologist

Andrew Robert "Andy" Muirhead (born 1975) is an Australian former radio and television presenter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He was the presenter of ABC Radio's breakfast program in Tasmania and also the presenter of the Collectors television program from 2005 to 2010.[1][2] In 2012, he pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography and served four months of a five-month jail sentence.[3]

Career[edit]

Muirhead has worked in TV and radio since 2004[4] and has also performed comedy.[5][6][7][8] He represented Tasmania in the 2003 Raw Comedy National finals[4] and has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 2004.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Muirhead was born in Sale, Victoria and moved to Hobart, Tasmania with his family. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1998. He worked as a biologist for a forestry company doing insect and mammal surveys while also doing stand up comedy. He lives in Hobart with his long term partner.[4][9][10]

Child pornography conviction[edit]

Andy Muirhead
Criminal charge
Access child pornography
Criminal penalty
Five months and good behaviour bond
Criminal status Released after four months with remissions
Conviction(s) Guilty

In June 2010 he went on unpaid leave and production of Collectors was temporarily suspended when he was charged with one count of accessing child pornography. Production of Collectors resumed in July without Muirhead, and repeats of episodes featuring him were pulled from the ABC's schedule. The ABC has been criticised by lawyers for protecting their reputation rather than supporting him.[11][12] He was bailed and pleaded not guilty in February 2011.[13][14][15][16] The case was referred[17] back to the Magistrates Court for 1 August 2011. The hearing on that day lasted only an hour rather than the expected two days and was adjourned again.[18] Appearing in court again on 13 March 2012 he pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned to 14 May 2012,[19] then again to June 2012.[20]

In July 2012 it was reported that Muirhead intended to change his plea to guilty at a hearing on 31 July.[21]

On 31 July 2012, Muirhead pleaded guilty as expected.[22] He was remanded in custody by Ewan Crawford, Tasmanian Chief Justice. On 14 August 2012 the sentencing was adjourned until 7 September 2012, with Muirhead again remanded in custody. On 1 October he was sentenced to 10 months in prison.[23] His sentence was subsequently reduced to five months and security of $5000 for a three-year period of good behaviour. He was released after four months of the sentence following routine remissions.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Courtis, Brian (20 March 2005). "The trouble with Aunty". The Age. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Darby, Andrew (13 June 2010). "Collectors may be dumped as host faces porn charge". Melbourne: Theage.com.au. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Ex-ABC host Andy Muirhead leaves prison early". Melbourne: Theage.com.au. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "Q&A: Andy Muirhead". eBroadcast. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Day, Samantha (20 October 2008). "Three questions: Andy Muirhead". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Hunter, Tim (18 April 2006). "Andy Muirhead is ... Perky?". The Age. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Paul, Margaret (27 April 2007). "Andy Muirhead". The Age. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Mattarelli, Vito (23 March 2008). "Only Human | Andy Muirhead". Australian Stage. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Cockington, James (11 June 2008). "Radio's revival". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Nicholson, Sarah (27 June 2007). "Collecting collectors". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "ABC is as bad as the KGB, says Muirhead lawyer". Herald Sun. 13 June 2010. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Barns, Greg (15 June 2010). "Abandoning Andy Muirhead: ABC's act of betrayal". The Drum Unleashed (ABC). Archived from the original on 18 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  13. ^ 11 June 2010 3:21 pm (11 June 2010). "Collectors host Andy Muirhead charged with a child pornography offence". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  14. ^ Clarke, Tim (11 June 2010). "ABC Host on Child Porn Charge | Andy Muirhead | Collectors". Melbourne: Theage.com.au. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  15. ^ Darby, Andrew (2 August 2010). "Former ABC presenter Andy Muirhead appears in court". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Muirhead child porn case adjourned". ABC News. 13 October 2010. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Muirhead denies child porn charges". Hobart: ABC News. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  18. ^ Thousands of porn files deleted, Andy Muirhead case hears. Theage.com.au. 1 August 2011
  19. ^ "Andy Muirhead pleads not guilty to child porn charges". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Muirhead returns to court in June". ABC News. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Darby, Andrew (23 July 2012). "Ex-ABC host to plead guilty to child porn counts". smh.com.au. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  22. ^ Ogilvie, Felicity (31 July 2012). "Andy Muirhead in custody on child pornography charges" (TRANSCRIPT). PM (ABC Radio) (www.abc.net.au). Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Vernon, Jackson (1 October 2012). "Muirhead jailed for child pornography offences". ABC News. Retrieved 1 October 2012.