‘Here is the news… I haven’t been paid’: Zambian TV anchor interrupts his live bulletin to complain that he and his colleagues have not received wages
- KBN TV presenter Kabinda Kalimina caused a stir when he said staff at the station had not been paid live on-air
- He has been condemned by KBN TV as the station claimed he was ‘drunk’
- Kalimina has since refuted their claims that he was drunk and questioned how he could have been under the influence when he had presented earlier shows
- He shared the viral video and insisted it is important for journalists to ‘speak out’
This is the moment a Zambian TV anchor interrupted his live news bulletin to complain that he and his colleagues had not been paid.
Presenter Kabinda Kalimina caused a stir during the KBN TV news programme on Saturday night when he said staff had not received their wages and insisted they ‘must be paid’.
Mr Kalimina had started the show as normal and was giving a roundup of the top stories when he suddenly stopped to make the complaint live on-air.
Speaking to the camera, he said: ‘Away from the news, ladies and gentleman, we are human beings. We have to get paid.
This is the moment a Zambian TV anchor Kabinda Kalimina interrupted his live news bulletin to complain that he and his colleagues had not been paid
‘Unfortunately, on KBN we haven’t been paid… Sharon and everyone else haven’t been paid, including myself. We have to get paid.’
Mr Kalimina was then cut off by the station and the producers quickly began the opening trailer again.
The presenter has been condemned by KBN TV who described Mr Kalimina’s actions as a ‘One-Night stunt of Fame’ as they urged members to treat the interruption with ‘the contempt it deserves.
The TV station said Mr Kalimina had exhibited ‘drunken behaviour’ and said they would investigate how a ‘drunken part-time presenter found himself on air unabated’.
But Mr Kalimina has since refuted their claims that he was drunk and questioned how he could have been under the influence when he had presented three other shows before the news bulletin.
He shared the now viral video to his Facebook page and 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.’
Presenter Kabinda Kalimina caused a stir during the KBN TV news programme on Saturday night when he said staff had not received their wages and insisted they ‘must be paid’
KBN TV’s chief executive Kennedy Mambwe said in a statement: ‘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.
‘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.’