'Haven't been paid': News anchor airs gripe on live TV

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A man with a microphone and a live feed can be a dangerous thing – especially when he hasn't been paid. 

A news network in Zambia learned that lesson the hard way when its news anchor interrupted the nightly bulletin to complain about not receiving his salary. 

Presenter Kabinda Kalimina has become a small online hero after going in to bat for his colleagues live on air during a KBN News broadcast. 

KBN News anchor Kabinda Kalimin interrupted his on-air broadcast to air his pay grievances.
The station's owner labelled it a 'one night stunt of fame'. Source: Facebook/GS9 Zambia

After quickly running through the top stories of the day, he moved on to more personal matters. 

"Away from the news, ladies and gentleman, we are human beings. We have to get paid," he said down the camera. 

"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," he implored.

Like a streaker at a football game who is inevitably tackled by a security guard, that's where his crusade ended as the show's producers cut him off and went back to rolling the opening credits.

According to Zambia Reports, the TV station accused the presenter of being drunk and said it was "appalled" by the moment.

"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," the station's CEO, Kennedy Mambwe, said in a statement. 

"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."

The station's owner labelled it a "one night stunt of fame".

"We strongly condemn that despicable behaviour and urge members of the public to treat [it] with the contempt it deserves," Mr Mambwe said. 

"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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