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Collectors host Andy Muirhead charged with a child pornography offence

ABC's Muirhead faces porn charges

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Andy Muirhead, host of ABC TV show Collectors has been charged by police over a child porn offence. Picture: ABC

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ABC personality and comedian Andy Muirhead has taken unpaid leave from television and radio after being charged with a child pornography offence.

Muirhead, who hosts the popular TV show Collectors and a breakfast radio program on ABC Hobart, informed the network he faced a child pornography charge and would take unpaid leave, the ABC confirmed today.

"Mr Muirhead will not present Collectors on ABC TV nor the breakfast program on ABC local radio in Tasmania pending the outcome of the legal proceedings," an spokesman said.

"The Collectors program will be off air until further notice."

ABC staff were briefed about the charge this afternoon, ABC Hobart reported.

An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said a 34-year-old man from Sandy Bay, in Hobart's south, was charged on Tuesday with one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

She said he was granted police bail to appear before Hobart Magistrates Court on August 2.

According to his profile on the ABC's website, Muirhead was born in country Victoria and moved to Hobart with his family as a child.

After performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart as a stand-up comedian, he was made host of Collectors in 2005. The show averages more than a million viewers a week.

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