News Station Fires Employee After Vulgar Audio Was Played During Live Broadcast

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Certain expectations come with watching local news reports. You know you're going to see the worst possible crimes committed in the area. You know you're going to get a fairly cheesy weather report. And you know you're going to get a few seconds of blacked-out video while an obscene audio clip is heard. Wait, no, that's not how things normally go. But such was the case for one NBC affiliate in Texas, where one of the news station employees was fired after a recent broadcast got derailed by some sex-infused audio.

An unidentified employee for KRIS Communications was fired from the company, while another employee was suspended, for the hyper-explicit clip that aired during a live newscast on the evening of Monday, March 19. As evening anchor Stephania Jimenez was reporting on the harbor bridge project in the area, the newsfeed cut to a black screen as a man's gruff voice was heard saying, "Smell it. Finger it. Fuck it. Lick it. Smell it." You can watch the clip in the video below, but know that it's obviously NSFW, and it's just generally disturbing anyway.

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Pretty horrifying, right? It's akin to answering the phone for some heavy-breathing perv's prank call. And the fact that KRIS isn't unveiling all of the details behind the R-rated glitch is all the more unnerving, since we need to know what the hell happened here. According to a statement released by News Director Paul Alexander, it was one of the station's reporters whose voice was heard, though he gave no sign of what weirdness was involved. You can read part of the statement below.

We sincerely regret the error and apologize to our viewers that were watching on Monday evening. We immediately began an investigation of the mistake and how it occurred. We learned that a series of technical and human errors lead [sic] to the mistake. We have taken swift and appropriate action with the employees who were involved in the broadcast in accordance with our company policies. That action included a termination, a suspension, and reprimands.

Maybe Netflix will be interested in picking up the spinoff series, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Technical and Human Errors. Or maybe not.

Because live TV will probably always be in the hands of the fallible humans putting it all together, the world will likely be shocked and bamboozled by wild audio and lewd visuals on our local news for years to come. We're also down with more reports about older dudes punching bears in the face.

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Nick Venable
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Nick is a Cajun Country native and an Assistant Managing Editor with a focus on TV and features. His humble origin story with CinemaBlend began all the way back in the pre-streaming era, circa 2009, as a freelancing DVD reviewer and TV recapper.  Nick leapfrogged over to the small screen to cover more and more television news and interviews, eventually taking over the section for the current era and covering topics like Yellowstone, The Walking Dead and horror. Born in Louisiana and currently living in Texas — Who Dat Nation over America’s Team all day, all night — Nick spent several years in the hospitality industry, and also worked as a 911 operator. If you ever happened to hear his music or read his comics/short stories, you have his sympathy.