ITV apologises after using footage of Ainsley Harriott in news item about Lenny Henry – watch

The mistake appeared in a news broadcast about comedian Henry's knighthood

ITV News has apologised after appearing to confuse Lenny Henry with Ainsley Harriott.

The network used footage of celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott in a segment regarding the knighthood of comedian Lenny Henry.

Comic Relief co-founder Henry was presented with a knighthood from the Queen for services to drama and charity at a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.

During an interview with Henry, ITV inexplicably showed footage of Harriott singing and dancing.

ITV later removed the footage from a later report on its +1 channel, blaming “an error in the production process”.

A spokesperson told The Guardian: “ITV News apologises for the error broadcast in the lunchtime news package today regarding Sir Lenny Henry’s knighthood at the palace. This was the result of an error in the production process in a piece intended to celebrate Sir Lenny’s significant achievements in British entertainment.”

The Guardian reports that ITV News has approached representatives of both Henry and Hariott in order to apologise.

Following his knighthood, Henry told BBC News that he was “very thankful” for the honour.

He spoke about diversity in the media, saying: “We’ve made progress as far as on-screen representation is concerned. But there’s a lot of work to be done in the furthering of diversity behind the camera.”