Vladimir Posner, the Soviet commentator who caused so much trouble for ABC last year when the network allowed him several minutes on the air to criticize President Reagan's speech on the defense budget, will apparently have his views published in a number of American newspapers this fall. The polished, expensively tailored Posner and columnist Jack Anderson have agreed to a once-a-month exchange of columns.

Under the agreement, the widely syndicated Anderson will make his space available to Posner to write anything he chooses. Anderson, in turn, will write a monthly column that Posner will arrange to have printed in newspapers throughout the Soviet Union. The swap gives Posner access to a potentially vast audience, since Anderson's "Washington Merry-Go-Round" appears daily in more than 700 papers. Anderson said that according to the open-ended arrangement, his views will not be subject to Soviet censorship and the monthly columns are to be "an exchange of ideas, not insults."

Entertainment's Gold Stars

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that the really big money is in entertainment. Chrysler's Lee Iacocca was America's top-grossing executive last year with earnings just short of $21 million, while most other corporate salaries lagged far behind. But according to Forbes magazine, the man with the biggest paycheck is the affable, ever popular Bill Cosby, whose combined income for this year and last is a tidy $84 million.

He is followed by Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone, at $74 million for the two-year period. Others among the top 10 earners for '86 and '87 are rock star Bruce Springsteen, $56 million; "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, $55 million; comedian-actor Eddie Murphy, $50 million; movie producer-director Steven Spielberg, $50 million; rock singer Madonna, $47 million; pop singer Whitney Houston, $44 million; superstar Michael Jackson, $43 million; and television's Johnny Carson, $40 million. Washington's own Sugar Ray Leonard is No. 34 on the top 40 listing with the $13 million he earned taking Marvelous Marvin Hagler's middleweight title last April. The previous year wasn't so good; he had earned only $1 million.

Out and About

Soviet commentator Posner and television talk show host Phil Donahue will receive Better World medals from the Better World Society for joint television projects that have fostered U.S.-Soviet understanding. Ted Turner, chairman of Better World, said the awards, to be presented later this month in New York City, are to "promote international understanding of global problems" and to "motivate people worldwide to work to save our planet" ...

Royal Watch: Time apparently heals all wounds. Prince Charles and Princess Diana were in France yesterday to help the Normandy city of Caen honor William the Conqueror, the Norman duke who defeated the English at the famed Battle of Hastings in 1066. This was the man who not only conquered the island kingdom, but set fire to York and, worst of all, established the first tax rolls in the nation. But that was a long time ago. Incidentally, Charles and Diana were not Caen's first choice as guests. The city had originally invited their son William. Caen liked his name even though he wasn't named for the long-dead duke ...

Olliemania may at last be over. A San Francisco company that advertised Ollie North dolls for $19.95, complete with an upraised arm for oath-taking, is withdrawing the offer. It had hoped to sell some 20,000 of the Korean-made dolls, but received fewer than 200 checks ordering the item. The owner is returning the checks and says he expects to lose $20,000 on the enterprise ...