TV newscaster goes off script, demands an increase in his salary during a live news report (video)
A video circulating online has shown the moment a Zambian TV news presenter went off script and demanded an increase in his salary and that of his other colleagues during a live news session.
According to reports from social media users, the incident happened last weekend. Some minutes after reporting a roundup of the top stories during a live broadcast, Kabinda Kalimina who works with 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.”
However, he was cut off almost immediately.
Reacting to this, management of the TV station alleged that Kalimina’s antics have brought the station into disrepute. They also accused him of exhibiting “drunken behaviour.”
In the statement released by Chief Executive Officer of KBN TV, Kennedy Mambwe, it was reported that the management is investigating how Kalimina found himself on air on Saturday night. Mambwe also said that any of the Staff who had assisted Kalimina in his “outrageous stunt” would face disciplinary action.
The statement read;
“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. 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.”
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