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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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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 event has grown substantially, with an estimated 100,000 people attending in August 2004, as well as music bands, vendors, a bike show, etc. 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. This tradition started on November 13, 1981 by Chris Simons as a gathering of approximately 25 friends. The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. The date is also well-known in the motorcycle (biker) community: since 1981, motorcycle enthusiasts and vendors gather every Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. 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). [1].

Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina estimates that in the United States alone, $800 or $900 million is lost in business each Friday the 13th because some people will not travel or go to work. 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. This has been attributed to such people feeling a heightened state of anxiety on that day. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Psychologists have found that some people are especially likely to have accidents or fall ill on Friday the 13th. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability. Strangely, there is evidence to suggest that Friday the 13th is actually unlucky for some.

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It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. There is also another theory that Friday the 13th of October 1307 was the day that Philip IV of France arrested nearly all of the French Knights Templar to get their money for the French treasury. A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. Both the first and last explanations, however, seem more relevant to the superstition linked to having 13 people at the same table during a meal. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. Balder was killed instantly and the Earth was plunged into darkness and mourning as a result. 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. The mischievous Loki gate-crashed the party as an uninvited 13th guest and arranged for Hod, the blind god of darkness, to throw a branch of mistletoe at Balder, the god of joy and gladness.

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. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia, a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a phobia (fear) of the number thirteen. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. In Greece and Spain, for example, Tuesday the 13th takes the same role. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. Similar superstitions exist in some other traditions. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. A Friday occurring on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in many superstitions around the globe.

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. Sunday ( 687 or 14.31% ). Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. Saturday ( 684 or 14.25% ),. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers. Friday ( 688 or 14.34% ),.

Robert Milan. Thursday ( 684 or 14.25% ),. Warren Michaels. Wednesday ( 687 or 14.31% ),. Brock Stern. Tuesday ( 685 or 14.27% ),. Brendan Tanner. Monday ( 685 or 14.27% ),.

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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