A newscaster for a Zambian television has gone off script to demand for his salary and that of his colleagues during a live news report.
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According to social media users, the incident occurred last weekend.
The news presenter, Kabinda Kalimina, shortly after giving a roundup of the top stories during the live broadcast on KBN TV, said:
“Away from the news, ladies and gentlemen, we are human beings. We have to get paid. Unfortunately, on KBN we haven’t been paid. People are getting instruments on KBN…Sharon and everyone else haven’t been paid, including myself . We have to get paid.”
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He was said to have been cut off air almost immediately.
Reacting to the development, the management of the television station said it was “appalled with the drunken behaviour exhibited” by Kalimina, whom it described as a part-time presenter.
In the statement released by Kennedy Mambwe, owner and chief executive officer of KBN TV, the management noted stated that it is investigating how Kalimina found himself on air on Saturday night.
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The management noted that the television station, like other organisations, has “very well-established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they can channel their complaints”.
It urged members of the public to treat the newscaster’s “‘one-night stunt of fame’ with the contempt it deserves”.
“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,” the management said.
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“As a young television station, we work with a very highly talented and professional team, with a noble character and we owe the success of unbroken broadcasting for the last two years to such gallant men and women.
“Members of the public may wish to know that KBN TV like any other institution, has very well-established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they can channel their complaints.
“Therefore, last night’s behaviour by Kabinda Kalimina is out of character and does not represent who we are as a station. We strongly condemn that despicable behaviour and urge members of the public to treat that ‘One-Night stunt of Fame’ with the contempt it deserves.
“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.”