Zambian television KBN got more than it recently bargained for when one of its presenters embarrassed the station on air.
Kabinda Kalimina, a press presenter, had suspended a newsletter to claim her salary.
He had started the newsletter with a recap of the stories before stopping abruptly to demand that he and his colleagues be paid.
âFar from the news, ladies and gentlemen, we are human beings. We must be paid. Unfortunately, on KBN we weren’t paid.
âPeople get instruments on KBN. Sharon and everyone were not paid, including myself. We must be paid.
In its reaction, KBN TV expressed its shock and condemned Kalimina’s actions.
Describing it as “intoxicated behavior,” the TV station said he was a part-time presenter.
âAs KBN TV, we are appalled at the drunken behavior shown in a music video that went viral on social media and staged by one of our part-time presenters during what should have been the main newsletter last night. “
âAs a young television channel, we work with a very talented and professional team, with a noble character and we owe the success of an uninterrupted broadcast for two years to such brave men and women.
âMembers of the public may want to know that KBN TV, like any other institution, has very well established complaints procedures for all staff members through which they can forward their complaints.
âTherefore, Kabinda Kalimina’s behavior last night is irrelevant and does not represent who we are as a station. We strongly condemn this despicable behavior and urge members of the public to treat this âone-night standstillâ with the contempt it deserves.
“As management, we are investigating how a drunken part-time presenter ended up on the air relentlessly and disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who may have been involved in the scheme.”