'Away from the news, ladies and gentleman...': Journalist interrupts live feed to complain about lack of pay; Twitterati call him 'hero'

A TV anchor from Zambia interrupted a live news bulletin to complain that he and his colleagues have not received their wages by the channel.

Kabinda Kalimina, a KBN TV employee, started the show normally on Saturday, giving a roundup of the top stories of the day. However, he suddenly stopped to make the complaint to his viewers.

Kalimina took a deep breath and said, "Away from the news, ladies, and gentleman, we are human beings. We have to get paid."

He continued, "Unfortunately, on KBN we haven't been paid... Sharon and everyone else hasn't been paid, including myself. We have to get paid," he added while referencing his colleagues.

As soon as Kalimina made the statement, the live feed was cut to the opening montage.

Kennedy K Mambwe, the CEO of KBN TV, condemned the anchor's actions via a Facebook post.

“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,” read the statement.

“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,” it added.

The anchor, however, has denied being drunk during the show.

"Yes I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn't mean journalists shouldn't speak out," he wrote on Facebook.

This news made many sad on Twitter who voiced their support for the journalist and criticised the news channel.

Here's how people reacted to the viral video. Have a look.

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