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Zambian TV News Anchor Halts Live Broadcast To Claim He Hasn't Been Paid

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Zambian TV News Anchor Halts Live Broadcast To Claim He Hasn't Been Paid

A TV news anchor in Zambia interrupted his own broadcast in order to tell viewers that he hadn't been paid. Watch the remarkable moment below:

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Kabinda Kalimina was telling viewers of KBN News (Kenmark Broadcasting Network) the top stories of the day when he stopped unexpectedly to accuse the network of failing to pay members of staff.

He took a deep breath before announcing: "I work for the news, ladies and gentlemen. We are human beings. We have to get paid."

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He then added: "We haven't been paid."

Then, the live broadcast was suddenly cut away from the studio and montage news footage was shown.

Obviously, the network isn't very happy with this, and the KBN TV CEO Kennedy K Mambwe released an excoriating statement on the channel's official Facebook page.

Credit: KBN News
Credit: KBN News
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He roundly condemned Kalimina's actions, and even accused the broadcaster of being 'drunk'.

Mambwe stated: "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 chief executive went on to praise the 'very highly talented and professional team' at the network, staffed by 'gallant men and women' that have kept the station going for the past two years.

He added that KBN TV has a 'very well-established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they can channel their complaints'.

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The statement continued: "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."

Mr Mambwe went on to say that 'investigations' are being carried out internally '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.'

Credit: KBN News
Credit: KBN News
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However, Kalamina has since defended his drastic on-air action, saying he wanted to speak out so that others who find themselves in a similar position to his alleged situation might have the courage to defend themselves.

Kalamina 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."

LADbible has contacted KBN News for a further statement.

Featured Image Credit: KBN News

Topics: TV and Film, Africa, Weird

Tom Wood
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