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Naked News, billing itself as "the program with nothing to hide", is a subscription website featuring a real television newscast prepared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show.

History

Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Part of the large amounts of web traffic in the site's early days was because the entire newscast could be viewed for free, though subscribers got access to a higher bandwidth feed and other extras. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website.

A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. Although it was originally targeted towards female viewers (at one point said to be 30% of the website's audience), the male show now openly promotes itself as news from a gay perspective.

Its offshoot Naked News TV aired as a late-night television series on the Toronto television station Citytv, and (until February 2005) on British satellite channel Get Lucky TV. The show is or has been available on pay-per-view or by subscription in various markets in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even France (dubbed into French).

Opinions of Naked News

Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability.

Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Critics charge that the nudity is little more than a gimmick that trivializes important news events, while proponents argue that such gimmicks exist on most television news already; nudity is just a particularly successful one. Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. She did not undress when she read the news of the death of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, nor for the September 11, 2001 program (which was not aired). The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. This too has proven to be controversial as observers have complained that stories that warranted "fully-clothed" coverage were, in fact, Western or "Eurocentric" tragedies, while disasters happening elsewhere in the world were deemed "less important." In actuality, the producers of Naked News have instituted a basic rule in this area: No disrobing during any news coverage of a major tragedy anywhere in the world. It was said that events like the 2005 Indian Ocean Earthquake were reported in the nude, while news of the London bombings as well as all follow-up reports and interviews done in the following days, were done fully clothed both in studio and in London.

Cast

Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto. As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. The female announcers have been featured in almost every media including television (CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The View, Sally Jesse Raphaël, and numerous appearances on Entertainment Tonight and ET Insider) newspapers and magazines, (TV Guide, Playboy) and as guests on multiple radio shows including Howard Stern.

The current female anchors are:

  • Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added. Sinclair left the show in Sept. 2001, and returned in Nov. 2002
  • April Torres
  • Athena King - a.k.a. "Athena the Greek".
  • Roxanne West
  • Sandrine Renard
  • Lily Kwan
  • Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City.
  • Christine Kerr
  • Gia Gomez
  • Cameron Shore
  • Yukiko Kimura

Past female anchors are:

  • Ashley Jenning
  • Samantha Page
  • Erica Stevens
  • Diane Foster
  • Brooke Roberts
  • Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy.
  • Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name.
  • Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member.
  • Erin Sherwood
  • Allyson Jones
  • Gretchen Frazier
  • Kaye Grant
  • Kelli Graham
  • Sarah Winters

The current male anchors are:

  • Lucas Tyler - The first male anchor of the show, now also producer and director, said to bear a strong resemblance to NBC newsman Matt Lauer.
  • Raoul Santos
  • Jeremy Chase
  • Jack Lange
  • Malcolm Matisse

Past male anchors are:

  • Derek Shaw
  • Cole McQuade
  • Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine.
  • Brendan Tanner
  • Brock Stern
  • Warren Michaels
  • Robert Milan

Imitators

The initial success of the show's concept spawned several imitators, mostly on the websites, but also including "The Daily Flash", a news program on Playboy TV.

Among the imitators on the internet:

  • www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers.
  • Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes.
  • Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website.



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The current male anchors are:. Now, flights can only be booked over the Internet except during the 2 weeks immediately before the flight when telephone booking is also available. Past female anchors are:. Within a year 15% of bookings were made using the web site, by April 2004 the figure had jumped to 98%. The current female anchors are:. The planes were repainted with the web address. The female announcers have been featured in almost every media including television (CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The View, Sally Jesse Raphaël, and numerous appearances on Entertainment Tonight and ET Insider) newspapers and magazines, (TV Guide, Playboy) and as guests on multiple radio shows including Howard Stern. Internet bookings were priced cheaper than booking over the phone, to reflect the reduced call centre costs.

Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. Later he changed his mind, and easyJet became the first UK airline to offer online booking in April 1998. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. When asked about the possibility of Internet sales, Stelios had replied that the Internet was "just for geeks". As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. There is no incentive for travel agents to sell easyJet bookings because there is no commission, a standard practice for the low cost carriers. Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto. Initially booking was by telephone only, all the planes were painted with the booking telephone number.

It was said that events like the 2005 Indian Ocean Earthquake were reported in the nude, while news of the London bombings as well as all follow-up reports and interviews done in the following days, were done fully clothed both in studio and in London. [3]. This too has proven to be controversial as observers have complained that stories that warranted "fully-clothed" coverage were, in fact, Western or "Eurocentric" tragedies, while disasters happening elsewhere in the world were deemed "less important." In actuality, the producers of Naked News have instituted a basic rule in this area: No disrobing during any news coverage of a major tragedy anywhere in the world. When the last of the Airbus A319s has been delivered in 2007 easyJet still expects to be operating all its 32 Boeing 737-700s and to have completely retired its 737-300s. The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. Easyjet converted 20 of its options into orders in December 2005[2]. She did not undress when she read the news of the death of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, nor for the September 11, 2001 program (which was not aired). These were first introduced to easyJet's Geneva base, UK bases followed in 2004.

Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. In September 2003 it broke with its previous philosophy of operating just one aircraft type by ordering 120 Airbus A319s (and 120 options) with CFM56-5B engines [1]. Critics charge that the nudity is little more than a gimmick that trivializes important news events, while proponents argue that such gimmicks exist on most television news already; nudity is just a particularly successful one. Like most low cost carriers at the time, easyJet initially operated exclusively Boeing 737 aircraft. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. * Includes 10 aircraft placed with easyJet Switzerland.. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability. The easyJet fleet consists of the following aircraft (at January 2006):.

Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. A detailed list of cities served can be found in easyJet destinations. The show is or has been available on pay-per-view or by subscription in various markets in the U.S., Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even France (dubbed into French).
. Its offshoot Naked News TV aired as a late-night television series on the Toronto television station Citytv, and (until February 2005) on British satellite channel Get Lucky TV. It also has hubs at:-. Although it was originally targeted towards female viewers (at one point said to be 30% of the website's audience), the male show now openly promotes itself as news from a gay perspective. easyJet's main base is London Luton (LTN), although its largest is now at London Gatwick (LGW).

It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. easyJet is claimed to be a more business-oriented airline than Ryanair, since it flies to major airports (as opposed to secondary airports) and has recently removed limits on hand luggage weight (within reason). A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. It also holds a 49% stake in easyJet Switzerland. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. easyJet's main shareholder is Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Part of the large amounts of web traffic in the site's early days was because the entire newscast could be viewed for free, though subscribers got access to a higher bandwidth feed and other extras. In December 2003 easyJet announced it would open a new hub in Berlin, at Schönefeld Airport, from which it started flying on 11 routes from May 2004.

This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Operations were boosted in 2002 with the acquisition of rival airline, London Stansted based Go Fly. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. easyJet was floated on the London stock exchange in October 2000. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. In March 1998 it purchased a 40% stake in TEA Switzerland, renamed EasyJet Switzerland. Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. This caused much outrage among travel agents.

. Its early marketing strategy was based on 'making flying as affordable as a pair of jeans' and urged travellers to 'cut out the travel agent'. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. It was launched by Stelios Haji-Ioannou with two leased Boeing 737-200 aircraft wet leased from GB Airways and operating two routes: London Luton to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. The airline was established on 18 October 1995 and started operations on 10 November 1995. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. The Irish airline claims to be 50% cheaper than easyJet, despite their fees and taxes being up to three times more expensive than those of easyJet's.

Naked News, billing itself as "the program with nothing to hide", is a subscription website featuring a real television newscast prepared in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ryanair has come under critisism for using agressive advertising techniques to inform consumers of their low fares. Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website. As of September 2005, Ryanair flies more passengers, but easyJet has a higher turnover, leading both of them to claim to be "Europe's number one low cost airline". Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. This is mainly due to the different range of airports used and Ryanair routinely scheduling flights to take thirty minutes longer than required. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers. Ryanair makes much of the fact that easyJet's average fares are higher and its average punctuality is consistently lower.

Robert Milan. easyJet places more focus on attracting business travellers as well as leisure travellers, although all its aircraft have single-class cabins. Warren Michaels. easyJet flies mainly to leading airports while Ryanair uses far more secondary airports to reduce costs. Brock Stern. The two companies have slightly different strategies. Brendan Tanner. easyJet and its Republic of Ireland-based rival Ryanair are by far the largest low cost airlines in Europe, and the rivalry between them is intense and sometimes vituperative (especially on Ryanair's side from its high profile chief executive Michael O'Leary).

Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. . Cole McQuade. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Derek Shaw. It was founded by easyGroup entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, but it is now listed on the London Stock Exchange and easyGroup owns only a minority stake. Malcolm Matisse. It operates frequent scheduled services for leisure and business passengers and serves more than 200 routes between more than 60 European airports.

Jack Lange. The company is based at London Luton Airport. Jeremy Chase.
easyJet is a low cost airline officially known as easyJet Airline Company Limited. Raoul Santos.
. Lucas Tyler - The first male anchor of the show, now also producer and director, said to bear a strong resemblance to NBC newsman Matt Lauer. easyJet has been seen on the A&E show Airline UK.

Sarah Winters. FL GROUP, the owner of airlines Icelandair and Sterling, holds 16,18% share in easyJet. Kelli Graham. The UK television station ITV runs a series called "Airline" featuring easyJet and its staff at work at Luton airport. Kaye Grant. This is facilitated by using the A320 centre fuselage section. Gretchen Frazier. Due to higher density passenger seating and the enforced extra safety requirement, easyJet's Airbus A319 aircraft have two pairs of overwing exits instead of standard one-pair exits found on all other Airbus A319.

Allyson Jones. On 14 December 2004, easyJet and Hotelopia, a subsidiary of First Choice Holidays, launched a co-branded easyJetHotels accommodation booking service. Erin Sherwood. Year ended 30 September 1999: 3,100,000. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. Year ended 30 September 2000: 5,600,000. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name. Year ended 30 September 2001: 7,100,000.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. Year ended 30 September 2002: 11,400,000. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. Year ended 30 September 2003: 20,332,973. Brooke Roberts. Year ended 30 September 2004: 24,343,649. Diane Foster. Year ended 30 September 2005: 29,557,640.

Erica Stevens. 32 Boeing 737-700. Samantha Page. 16 Boeing 737-300. Ashley Jenning. 60 Airbus A319-100* (further 80 on order). Yukiko Kimura. Orly Airport, Paris (ORY).

Cameron Shore. Nottingham East Midlands Airport (EMA),. Gia Gomez. Newcastle Airport (NCL),. Christine Kerr. Malpensa International Airport (MXP),. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City. London Stansted (STN),.

Lily Kwan. Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL),. Sandrine Renard. Glasgow International Airport (GLA),. Roxanne West. Geneva Cointrin International Airport (GVA),. "Athena the Greek". Edinburgh (EDI),.

Athena King - a.k.a. Dortmund Airport (DTM),. April Torres. Bristol International Airport (BRS),. 2002. Berlin Schönefeld (SXF),. 2001, and returned in Nov. Belfast International Airport (BFS),.

Sinclair left the show in Sept. Basel (BSL),. Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added.

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