In another heartbreaking news, a TV anchor from Zambia interrupted a live news bulletin to complain that he and his work colleagues haven’t been paid their salaries by the news channel.
Kabinda Kalimina, who was reading the news during a KBN programme on Saturday, stopped between live news to announce that the staff at the channel had not received their wages and insisted that they ‘must be paid’.
He started the show by giving a round-up of the day’s top stories. But then, he went on to make a complaint on live television.
He said, “Away from the news, ladies, and gentleman, we are human beings. We have to get paid.”
He added, " Unfortunately, on KBN we haven't been paid... Sharon and everyone else hasn't been paid, including myself. We have to get paid.”
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As soon as Kalimina made his statement, his live feed was cut to the opening montage.
Kennedy K Mambwe, the CEO of KBN TV, took to Facebook to condemn the actions of the anchor.
He also added that Kalimina exhibited drunken behaviour during the show and said that the channel would investigate how drunken part-time presenter found himself on air abated.
The statement read as, “As KBN TV, we are appalled with the drunken behaviour exhibited through a video clip that has gone viral on social media and staged by one of our part-time presenters during what should have been the main news bulletin last night.”
It added, “As management, we are carrying out investigations to determine how a drunken part-time presenter found himself on air unabated, and disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who may have been party to the scheme.”
The anchor refuted the channel’s claims saying that he wasn’t drunk during the show. He also questioned how he can be under the influence of alcohol as he had already anchored three other shows.
He said, “Yes I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn't mean journalists shouldn't speak out.”