Channel Nine apologises to Australian MP Georgie Purcell after airing altered image of her

Channel Nine has apologised to Victorian MP Georgie Purcell after airing a digitally altered image of her on Monday night. 

The image, shown on live television, shows Purcell wearing an outfit edited to show her midriff, and with an enlarged bust. 

"Having my body and outfit photoshopped by a media outlet was not on my bingo card," Purcell shared to Twitter/X on Monday. 

"Note the enlarged boobs and outfit to be made more revealing," she tweeted.  

Purcell admitted she was concerned to see that her image had been altered. 

"I can't imagine that happening to a male MP," she added.

Since broadcasting the photo, Nine News has apologised to Purcell, claiming Photoshop was to blame. 

"Our graphics department sourced an online image of Georgie to use in our story on duck hunting," Nine News director Hugh Nailon said in a statement. 

"As is common practice, the image was resized to fit our specs. During that process, the automation by Photoshop created an image that was not consistent with the original.

"This did not meet the high editorial standards we have and for that we apologise to Ms Purcell unreservedly." 

However, a statement from Adobe to The Guardian on Tuesday afternoon, highlighted that "human intervention" would have been required to generate the AI features. 

"Any changes to this image would have required human intervention and approval," the spokesperson said.