Ex-ABC host Andy Muirhead leaves prison early
Out of prison ... Andy Muirhead. Photo: Peter Mathew
Former ABC presenter Andy Muirhead was released from prison last month after his sentence for child pornography offences was cut.
Muirhead was due to serve five months after he was sentenced in the Tasmanian Supreme Court in October for accessing and possessing child exploitation material.
Routine remissions cut a month from that term, Tasmanian newspaper The Mercury reports.
The former Collectors host's sentence was officially 10 months but was cut to five months with backdating and security of a $5000 three-year period of good behaviour.
Muirhead had pleaded guilty to three charges of downloading more than 12,000 pornographic images and videos.
He was arrested in June 2010 and initially pleaded not guilty.
He was stood down from the ABC and his contracts with the broadcaster have since expired.
"What I did was shameful, reckless and stupid," he said in the apology read by his lawyer Kim Baumeler last July.
"The things that I saw on my computer were vile and disgusting."
Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher said the early release sent the wrong message.
"What reason could they possibly give him to have a month off his sentence?" Mr Fisher said.