Lorraine hit with fresh Ofcom complaints over ‘misleading’ Himalayas photos

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ITV's Lorraine has been hit with a series of fresh complaints from furious viewers.

It has been confirmed that 58 new complaints have been registered to the TV regulator this week after the April 22 episode.

It comes after fans of Lorraine Kelly's talk show spotted a major flaw in one of the climate change photos on show.

In total, the segment has attracted 110 complaints, including the 52 from last week.

Eagled-eyed viewers were left unhappy during the broadcast after the shots of Himalayan pollution levels were shown on the ITV programme.

On April 22, Lorraine, 61, chatted to Mike Gunton, the producer of the documentary The Year Earth Changed.

Narrated by David Attenborough and filmed entirely during lockdown, the Scottish presenter praised Mike and the show, but viewers weren't as impressed.

Following this apparent transformation of scenery from murky to clear, a few people took to social media to try and debunk the photo – saying there was something wrong with the image.

Regarding last week's complaints, a spokesperson for ITV's Lorraine said: "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."

During the episode in question, Lorraine told Mike: "One of the most remarkable sequences was seeing the Himalayas before and after.

"Before people in Pakistan couldn't see them – you can see the split-screen there.

"Before it was like smog and then look at that – crystal clear views, remarkable isn't it."

But the viewers took issue with an apparent transformation of scenery.

One tweet read: "How the earth changed in lockdown #lorraine this photo has the same exact washing on the line a year apart? Photoshopped I think?"

Another social media user added: "This is quite a extraordinary. Lorraine Kelly caught peddling certified climate lies. Hard to believe what I’m seeing here."

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A third person posted: "I think we are owed an explanation by @reallorraine and her employers at ITV as to why they think it's acceptable to lie to the general public."

Videos of the clip hit social media and many viewers were so unhappy that they filed complaints to Ofcom over the "misleading" global warming photographs.

Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9pm

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