Recently, Discovery Channel hosted potential advertisers to the presentation of a new show on the subject of Alaska. And, as the M&S advert might have said, this was not just any old show on Alaska. This was Sarah Palin’s Alaska: the former Governor is getting a cool quarter of a million dollars an episode for it.
Unfortunately, the assembled advertisers were not impressed, as a source has since revealed. Uncomplimentary comments such as “all time low” have been pitched, with the belief forming that the show – eight episodes, so Ms Palin is on for two mil all up – will be shunted off to a graveyard slot, as there is little demand from advertisers.
However, this is a mere sideshow compared to another discovery – that made by two students at Stanislaus, a branch of California State University. Their search has turned up part of a Washington Speakers’ Bureau contract – that’s Palin’s agency – which lays down a number of criteria for their speaker. As Palin is fronting a fundraiser for Stanislaus in June, the subject of the contract, although not specified, does not appear in any doubt.
So what are the demands of the Palin camp? Apart from the fee, thought to be up to 100, 000 dollars per speech, any hotels must be rated “deluxe”, air travel must be first class on scheduled flights, or if private charter, a Lear 60 (West Coast) or Hawker 800 (East Coast events), and at the speaker’s lectern, two bottles of still water with bendy straws. California’s attorney general Jerry Brown has been so enthused by this news that he has announced an investigation.Meanwhile, Sarah Palin continues to show that resigning as governor has its rewards.