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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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Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. Despite the presence of the thorns, roses are frequently browsed by deer. Cole McQuade. pimpinellifolia instead have densely packed straight spines, probably an adaptation to reduce browsing by animals, but also possibly an adaptation to trap wind-blown sand and so reduce erosion and protect their roots (both of these two species grow naturally on coastal sand dunes). Derek Shaw. Some species such as Rosa rugosa and R. Malcolm Matisse. The thorns are typically sickle-shaped hooks, which aid the rose in hanging onto other vegetation when growing over it.

Jack Lange. Most roses have thorns or prickles. Jeremy Chase. Some birds, particularly finches, also eat the seeds. Raoul Santos. The hips are eaten by fruit-eating birds such as thrushes and waxwings, which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. 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. Rose hips of some species, especially the Dog Rose (Rosa canina) and Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa), are very rich in vitamin C, among the richest sources of any plant.

Sarah Winters. Each hip comprises an outer fleshy layer, and inside containing 5–25 seeds (technically achenes) embedded in a matrix of fine, but stiff, hairs. Kelli Graham. Rosa pimpinellifolia) have dark purple to black hips. Kaye Grant. The hips of most species are red, but a few (e.g. Gretchen Frazier. Many of the domestic cultivars are so tightly petalled that they do not provide access for pollination.

Allyson Jones. Rose species that produce open-faced flowers are attractive to pollinating bees and other insects, thus more apt to produce hips. Erin Sherwood. The fruit of the rose is a berry-like structure called a rose hip. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. The ovary is inferior, developing below the petals and sepals. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name. The flowers have five petals (with the exception of Rosa sericea which often has only four), usually white or pink, in a few species yellow or red.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. The vast majority of roses are deciduous, but a few (particularly in southeast Asia) are evergreen or nearly so. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. The leaves of most species are 5–15 cm long, pinnate, with (3–) 5–9 (–13) leaflets and basal stipules; the leaflets usually have a serrated margin, and often a few small thorns on the underside of the stem. Brooke Roberts. The species form a group of generally thorny shrubs or climbers, and sometimes trailing plants, reaching 2–5 m tall, rarely reaching as high as 20 m by climbing over other plants. Diane Foster. There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, all from the northern hemisphere and mostly from temperate regions.

Erica Stevens. A rose is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa and the flower of this shrub. Samantha Page. O, my love's like a red, red rose – Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose. Ashley Jenning. Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily (1913), a poem included in Geography and Plays. Yukiko Kimura. Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses. - James Oppenheim, "Bread and Roses".

Cameron Shore. ii. Gia Gomez. What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act II, sc. Christine Kerr. Green: calm. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City. Blue: mystery.

Lily Kwan. Burgundy: beauty. Sandrine Renard. Orange: passion. Roxanne West. Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love. "Athena the Greek". Yellow: dying love or platonic love.

Athena King - a.k.a. White: innocence, purity, secrecy, "You're heavenly...", "I'm worthy of you...", reverence and humility. . April Torres. Light Pink: admiration, sympathy. 2002. Dark Pink: gratitude. 2001, and returned in Nov. Pink: grace.

Sinclair left the show in Sept. Red: love. Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added. These tend to give a more prominent display from a distance, so are more often used in large bedding schemes in public parks and similar spaces. Floribunda - Flowers often smaller, in large clusters of ten or more (often many more) on each stem. They are favoured in small gardens in formal situations, and for buttonhole roses.

Hybrid Tea - The favourite florist's rose, with typically one to at most five or six large flowers per stem, the flower with numerous tightly arranged petals with reflexed tips (see photo, right). Many of the most popular modern cultivars can however be assigned to one of these two groups:

    . The classifications tend to be by growth and flowering characteristics, such as "large-flowered shrub", "recurrent, large-flowered shrub", "cluster-flowered", "rambler recurrent", or "ground-cover non-recurrent". Modern Garden Roses - Classification of modern roses can be quite confusing because many modern roses have old garden roses in their ancestry and their form varies so much.

    Those classes with both climbing and shrub forms are often grouped together. Miscellaneous - There are also a few smaller classes (such as Scots, Sweet Brier) and some climbing classes of old roses (including Ayrshire, Climbing China, Laevigata, Sempervirens, Noisette, Boursault, Climbing Tea, and Climbing Bourbon). Tradition dictates that they are named after the owner of the garden where they were rediscovered. They are "mystery roses" because their "proper" historical names have been lost.

    Most of these roses are likely Old Garden Rose cultivars that have otherwise dropped out of cultivation, or sports thereof. The roses have significant value and interest for those growing roses in tropical and semi-tropical regions, since they are highly resistant to both nematode damage and the fungal diseases that plague rose culture in hot, humid areas, and capable of blooming in hot and humid weather. Bermuda "Mystery" Roses - A group of several dozen "found" roses that have been grown in Bermuda for at least a century. Example: 'Lady Hillingdon'.

    gigantea in the ancestry of the Parks rose), teas are repeat-flowering roses although their fragrance is not always a tea scent. Somewhat more tender than other old garden roses (most likely because of R. Tea - The result of crossing two of the original China Roses ('Hume's Blush China' and 'Parks' Yellow Tea Scented China') with various Bourbons and Noisette roses. Examples: 'Ferdinand Pichard', 'Reine Des Violettes'.

    Repeat-flowering. Hybrid Perpetual - The dominant class of roses in Victorian England, they were derived to a great extent from the Bourbons. Pierre Oger', 'Zéphirine Drouhin'. Examples: 'Louise Odier', 'Mme.

    Repeat-flowering. Introduced in France in 1823. Probably the result of a cross between the Autumn Damask and the 'Old Blush China'. Bourbon - They originated on l'Île de Bourbon (now called Réunion).

    Example: 'James Veitch', 'Rose de Rescht', 'The Portland Rose'. Repeat-flowering. This group was developed from that rose. paestana or 'Scarlet Four Seasons' Rose' (now known simply as 'The Portland Rose').

    Portland - These are named after the Duchess of Portland who received (from Italy in 1800) a rose then known as R. Examples: 'Old Blush China', 'Mutabilis'. Four china roses ('Slater's Crimson China', 1792; 'Parsons' Pink China', 1793; 'Hume's Blush China', 1809; and 'Parks' Yellow Tea Scented China', 1824) were brought to Europe in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which brought about the creation of the repeat flowering old garden roses and later the modern garden roses. China - The China roses brought with them an amazing ability to bloom repeatedly throughout the summer and into late autumn.

    Example: 'Comtesse de Murinais', 'Old Pink Moss'. Once-flowering. Moss - Closely related to the centifolias, these have a mossy excrescence on the stems and sepals. Examples: 'Centifolia', 'Paul Ricault'.

    Once-flowering. Centifolia (or Provence) - These roses, raised in the seventeenth century in the Netherlands, are named for their "one hundred" petals. Examples: 'Ispahan', 'Madame Hardy'. moschata) bloom later, in the autumn.

    Autumn Damasks (Gallicas crossed with R. phoenicea) bloom once in summer. Summer Damasks (crosses between Gallica roses and R. Damask - Robert de Brie is given credit for bringing them from Persia to Europe sometime between 1254 and 1276.

    gallica versicolor). Examples: 'Cardinal de Richelieu', 'Charles de Mills', 'Rosa Mundi' (R. They flower once in the summer. gallica which is a native of central and southern Europe.

    Gallica - The Gallica roses have been developed from R. Examples: 'Semi-plena', 'White Rose of York'. Once-flowering. These are some of the oldest garden roses, probably brought to Britain by the Romans.

    alba. arvensis and the closely allied R. Alba - Literally "white roses", derived from R. Old Garden Roses - Most old garden roses are classified into one of the following (ordered by approximate age - oldest first):

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      Wild Roses - The wild roses includes the species listed above and some of their hybrids. lucida) - Virginia Rose. R. Rosa virginiana (syn.

      Rosa stellata - Gooseberry Rose, Sacramento Rose. Rosa rugosa - Rugosa Rose, Japanese Rose. Rosa roxburghii - Chestnut Rose, Burr Rose. simplicifolia).

      Hulthemia persica, R. Rosa persica (syn. Rosa multiflora - Multiflora Rose. sinica) - Cherokee Rose, Camellia Rose, Mardan Rose.

      R. Rosa laevigata (syn. rubrifolia) - Redleaf Rose. R.

      Rosa glauca (syn. x odorata gigantea). R. Rosa gigantea (syn.

      Rosa gallica - Gallic Rose, French Rose. rubiginosa) - Eglantine, Sweet Brier. R. Rosa eglanteria (syn.

      Rosa dumalis - Glaucous Dog Rose. Rosa canina - Dog Rose, Briar Bush.

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