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Broadcaster Colin Murray winds up ‘Belfast Boy' with £1m in bank

Colin Murray
Gary McDonald Business Editor

FORMER Match of the Day 2 presenter Colin Murray is to voluntarily wind up his 'Belfast Boy' limited company with close to £1million in the bank.

Dundonald-born Murray (39) is realising his investment from the company he set up a decade ago to channel his radio and TV earnings.

With the wind-up comes a so-called 'declaration of solvency', which indicates that he will be able to pay any outstanding debts.

Figures with the order show that Belfast Boy has assets of £1,017,348, but liabilities of close to £120,000.

This includes £93,311 in corporation tax and nearly £10,000 owed to trade creditors.

But when it has paid its debts, the company will still have a surplus of £897,756.

He incorporated Belfast Boy in August 2006, and it is likely he will now form another company through which he will funnel his earnings.

Murray - who has won three Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards - has always made a tidy profit from his media activities.

Indeed until now his Belfast Boy company operated from the opulence of The Shard building, an 87-floor glass skyscraper which dominates part of the London skyline.

Murray - who was born as Colin Wright - claims to have been earning money since he was just 11, when he packed potatoes for a shop in the Ballybeen estate for £6 a week while holding down a paper round.

He left Dundonald High School at 16 for a job at McDonald’s, but took up a journalism training course under the the Youth Training Programme, earning £29.50 a week.

His big break came as a 22-year-old in 1999 when he made his national radio debut on Radio 1 in a short spell co-hosting The Session music show, and he later made his television debut as one of six co-presenters on Channel 4's short-lived morning show RI:SE.

Murray later went on to host BBC Radio 5 Live's sports-themed Saturday morning comedy panel game Fighting Talk and also began presenting Channel 5's live UEFA Cup football coverage before becoming a much sought-after presenter across the mainstream broadcasters.

But he was replaced from his high-profile role presenting Match of the Day 2 in 2013, and since then he has worked for talkSport.

Seen as an astute businessman, Murray's first directorship was in 1997 at Bassline Limited, a company he formed in Lisburn when he was just 20.

In a media interview recently he described himself as a “slow and steady kind of guy” when it comes to money, adding: “The most I have ever spent in one go was on my first car in 2009, a second-hand mini that cost £7,000.”

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