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Lorraine hit with Ofcom complaints over ‘Photoshopped’ Himalayas photos

Lorraine’s programme received complaints over a picture of the Himalayas (Picture: ITV)

Lorraine Kelly’s programme has received complaints over a picture of the Himalayas that was shown on her programme last month.

On the episode from April 22, the presenter interviews producer Mike Gunton, who worked on documentary The Year Earth Changed.

During the chat they spoke about two pictures that were shown side-by-side of the Himalayas visible in the background of a striking photo.

Lorraine said: ‘We’re seeing the Himalayas before and after. Before people in Pakistan [sic] couldn’t see them.

‘You can see the split-screen there. That was before when it was just like smog basically, and then look at that, crystal-clear views. Remarkable isn’t it?’

However viewers took issue with the pictures, claiming on Twitter they were ‘photoshopped’ and noting that parts of the images were in exactly the same place in both.

This split image was discussed on Lorraine last month (Picture: ITV)

‘How the earth changed in lockdown #lorraine this photo has the same exact washing on the line a year apart? Photoshopped I think?’ a viewer said.

Another tweeted: ‘Its the same picture photoshopped.. as you can clearly see from the same exact people in both bottom right hand corners.’

‘”Before” and “after” picture of the Himalayas after lockdown.. #lorraine this is the exact same picture’ read another comment.

One viewer complained: ‘If those pictures of the smog and Himalayas are genuine, why are the two men in the bottom both there? If months apart, they wouldn’t be in the exact same place?’


An Ofcom spokesperson told that they had received 112 complaints about the episode since it aired.

ITV previously said about the complaints: ‘The images that were used are taken directly from the David Attenborough documentary The Year the Earth Changed.

‘The before and after was screen grabbed to show the difference, as it is shown via animation in the documentary.’

The documentary makes clear that the ‘after’ image is edited, and photographer Anshul Chopra – who took it – explains how he captured the shot of the Himalayas.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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