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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 biggest foreign exchange trading centre is London, followed by New York and Tokyo. Among the imitators on the internet:. The Bank for International Settlements reported that global foreign exchange market turnover daily averages in April was $650 billion in 1998 (at constant exchange rates) and increased to $1.9 trillion in 2004 (Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity 2004 - Final Results). 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. The foreign exchange markets are usually highly liquid as the world's main international banks provide a market around-the-clock. Past male anchors are:. The spot market represents current exchange rates, whereas options are derivatives of exchange rates.

The current male anchors are:. Currencies can be traded at spot and foreign exchange options markets. Past female anchors are:. Like the stock exchange, money can be made or lost on the foreign exchange market by investors and speculators buying and selling at the right times. The current female anchors are:. When China announced plans for its first manned space mission, synthetic futures on Chinese yuan jumped (since China's currency is officially pegged, synthetic markets have emerged that can behave as if the yuan was floating). 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. For example, when Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed his Government on February 24, 2004, the price of the Ruble dropped.

Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. A currency will tend to lose value, relative to other currencies, if the country's level of inflation is relatively higher, if the country's level of output is expected to decline, or if a country is troubled by political uncertainty. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. Most people will not be interested in a currency if they think it will devalue. As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. In choosing what type of asset to hold, people are also concerned that the asset will retain its value in the future. Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto. It has been argued that currency speculation can undermine real economic growth, in particular since large currency speculators may deliberately create downward pressure on a currency in order to force that central bank to sell their currency to keep it stable (once this happens, the speculator can buy the currency back from the bank at a lower price, close out their position, and thereby take a profit).

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. The higher a country's interest rates, the greater the demand for that currency. 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. An investor may choose to buy a currency if the return (that is the interest rate) is high enough. The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. The speculative demand for money is much harder for a central bank to accommodate but they try to do this by adjusting interest rates. 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). Central banks typically have little difficulty adjusting the available money supply to accommodate changes in the demand for money due to business transactions.

Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. The more people there are out of work, the less the public as a whole will spend on goods and services. 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. The transaction demand for money is highly correlated to the country's level of business activity, gross domestic product (GDP), and employment levels. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Increased demand for a currency is due to either an increased transaction demand for money, or an increased speculative demand for money. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability. It will become less valuable whenever demand is less than available supply (this does not mean people no longer want money, it just means they prefer holding their wealth in some other form, possibly another currency).

Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. A currency will tend to become more valuable whenever demand for it is greater than the available supply. 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). A market based exchange rate will change whenever the values of either of the two component currencies change. 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. For example, in 1983 the Hong Kong dollar was linked to the United States dollar. 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. If the value of the currency is "pegged" its value is maintained by the government; in question at a fixed rate relative to the other currency.

It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. Exchange rates for such currencies are likely to change almost constantly as quoted on financial markets, mainly by banks, around the world. A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. If a currency is free-floating, its exchange rate is allowed to vary against that of other currencies. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. Conversely if the price currency is strengthening, the exchange rate number decreases and the unit currency is depreciating. 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. Note that, using direct quotation, if a unit currency is strengthening (i.e., appreciating, or becoming more valuable) then the exchange rate number increases.

This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Quotes using a country's home currency as the unit currency (e.g., $1.4368 = £1) are known as indirect quotation or quantity quotation and are used in British newspapers and are also common in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. Quotes using a country's home currency as the price currency (e.g., £0.6960 = $1) are known as direct quotation or price quotation (from that country's perspective) ([1]) and are used by most countries. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. For example, in a quotation that says the EUR-USD exchange rate is 1.2 USD per EUR, the price currency is USD and the unit currency is EUR. Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. An exchange rate quotation is given by stating the number of units of a price currency that can be bought in terms of 1 unit currency.

. By some estimates, about USD 2 trillion worth of currency changes hands every day. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. The foreign exchange market is one of the largest markets in the world. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. For example an exchange rate of 120 Japanese yen (JPY, ¥) to the United States dollar (USD, $) means that JPY 120 is worth the same as USD 1. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. In finance, the exchange rate (also known as the foreign-exchange rate, forex rate or FX rate) between two currencies specifies how much one currency is worth in terms of the other.

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. . Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website. In cases where tariffs become an issue, this would be less the case. Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. For example, say the price of a good increases 10% in the UK, and there is also a 10% appreciation in the Japanese currency against the UK currency, the price of the good remains constant for someone in Japan despite increase in price for people in the UK. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers. The real exchange rate is the rate at which an organization can trade goods and services of one country for those of another.

Robert Milan. The nominal exchange rate is the rate at which an organization can trade the currency of one country for the currency of another. Warren Michaels. indirect quotation: Foreign Currency / Home Currency. Brock Stern. direct quotation: Home Currency / Foreign Currency. Brendan Tanner.

Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. Cole McQuade. Derek Shaw. Malcolm Matisse.

Jack Lange. Jeremy Chase. 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.

Sarah Winters. Kelli Graham. Kaye Grant. Gretchen Frazier.

Allyson Jones. Erin Sherwood. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. Brooke Roberts. Diane Foster.

Erica Stevens. Samantha Page. Ashley Jenning. Yukiko Kimura.

Cameron Shore. Gia Gomez. Christine Kerr. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City.

Lily Kwan. Sandrine Renard. Roxanne West. "Athena the Greek".

Athena King - a.k.a. April Torres. 2002. 2001, and returned in Nov.

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

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