Sarah Palin was ‘tremendous’ as host on Fox News challenger, boss says
Is Sarah Palin going to become a nightly talk show host like Megyn Kelly or Sean Hannity?
She filled in last week on One America News Network, or OANN, a small cable channel that wants to rival Fox News someday.
OANN very much wants to have Palin stick around, but at the moment there are no further plans for her to host.
“We’d love to have Governor Palin as a full time host, but we’d need to convince her to relocate for long periods of time and I don’t think we are at the point as a network where we can afford what she is worth,” Charles Herring, president of the San Diego-based channel, told CNNMoney.
Herring said the response to Palin’s guest hosting was “tremendous.” He also said “we’d love to have Governor Palin back as a guest host as often as we can.”
Palin certainly brought a jolt of publicity to OANN, which launched two years ago. It portrays itself as an alternative to Fox News, the dominant cable news channel among conservatives.
OANN signed up Palin for a one-week stint at the 10 p.m. program “On Point” after its host for the past year, Tomi Lahren, abruptly departed the channel earlier this month.
As for Palin, she made news by accusing ESPN of “swallowing ISIS propaganda” and by booking interviews with three Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz.
The “exclusive interview trifecta,” as Herring put it, actually crashed the channel’s web site on Friday night as people sought it out.
OANN posted the Trump interview on YouTube, and it’s had 2.7 million views there so far.
“We recognized that Governor Palin is a big name, but we underestimated the interest and demand for Friday’s ‘On Point’ program,” Herring said.
Palin, a former governor of Alaska, started out as a broadcaster. She majored in communications in college and covered local sports for an Anchorage TV station after graduating.