So, some part of the HBO empire – Vice – wanted me to talk about China and rare earths. Fine. They didn’t want to use Skype because sound quality. Odd, but there we are. Mobile, not land line. OK. Give them mobile number, time to call.
Actually, would you mind calling me? +1 xxx xxxx Thanks —
Well, yes, I would. Making a 30 minute international call on my mobile – in return for no payment as an appearance fee – isn’t quite how I like to spend my money.
They called me.
The thing is the assumption they make there. That not only am I willing to give my time up for free – US media really just doesn’t pay appearance fees in the way the BBC does – but I’m so desirous of getting my voice on the airwaves that I’ll pay to do it. I assume there are enough for this to be true for it to have become that standard set up but still….