Naked News

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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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Robert Milan. Naples is by tradition the home of pizza. Warren Michaels.
. Brock Stern. see main article History of Naples. Brendan Tanner. .

Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. The city is served by Naples International Airport. Cole McQuade. The metropolitan area of Naples is second in Italy by population, with over 4,400,000 inhabitants. Derek Shaw. Neapolitan is a colourful, rich italian dialect- known in Naples as Napulitano. Malcolm Matisse. It is rich in historical, artistic and cultural traditions and gastronomy.

Jack Lange. Napoli is where pizza originally came from. Jeremy Chase. It is located just halfway between the Vesuvius volcano and a separate volcanic area, the Campi Flegrei, all part of the Campanian volcanic arc. Raoul Santos. The city has a population of about 1 million, and together with its suburbs, the urban area has 4.4 million inhabitants (Neapolitans). 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. Naples (Italian Nàpoli, Neapolitan Napule, from Greek Νέα Πόλις - Néa Pólis - meaning "New City"; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is the largest city in southern Italy and capital of Campania Region and the Province of Naples.

Sarah Winters.
. Kelli Graham. 10 : Bagnoli and Fuorigrotta. Kaye Grant. 9 : Pianura and Soccavo. Gretchen Frazier. 8 : Chiaiano, Piscinola-Marianella and Scampia.

Allyson Jones. 7 : Miano, S.Pietro a Patierno and Secondigliano. Erin Sherwood. 6 : Barra, Ponticelli and S.Giovanni a Teduccio. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. 5 : Arenella and Vomero. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name. 4 : S.Lorenzo, Vicaria and Poggioreale-Zona Industriale.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. 3 : Stella and S.Carlo all'Arena. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. 2 : Avvocata, Montecalvario, S.Giuseppe, Porto, Mercato and Pendino. Brooke Roberts. 1 : Chiaia, Posillipo and S.Ferdinando. Diane Foster. Giuseppe Migliozzi General (military).

Erica Stevens. Sophia Loren actress. Samantha Page. Raffaele Viviani. Ashley Jenning. Giambattista Vico philosopher. Yukiko Kimura. Domenico Antonio Vaccaro sculptor, architect and painter.

Cameron Shore. Massimo Troisi actor. Gia Gomez. Massimo Stanzione. Christine Kerr. Matilde Serao journalist and novelist. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City. Domenico Scarlatti.

Lily Kwan. Edoardo Scarfoglio. Sandrine Renard. Antonio Scarfoglio. Roxanne West. Jacopo Sannazaro. "Athena the Greek". Ferdinando Sanfelice.

Athena King - a.k.a. Raffaele Sacco poet and lyricist. April Torres. Venerable Ludovico Sabbatini, religious teacher and priest. 2002. Andrea Sabbatini, Renaissance painter. 2001, and returned in Nov. Vincenzo Russo politcal philosopher.

Sinclair left the show in Sept. Ferdinando Russo poet, journalist and writer. Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added. Salvator Rosa poet, satirist and Baroque era painter. Basilio Puoti. Giovanni Pontano.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Giovanni Paisiello. Domenico Morelli painter. Giovan Battista Marino.

Alfonso Maria de' Liguori jurist and writer (Catholic saint). Pirro Ligorio, mannerist architect. Ruggero Leoncavallo. Giuseppe Patroni Griffi screenwriter.

Giacinto Gigante. Luca Giordano. Vincenzo Gemito sculptor. Gaetano Filangieri jurist.

Armando Diaz general and politician. Salvatore di Giacomo writer, poet and lyricist. Enrico De Nicola jurist, journalist and politician. Titina De Filippo actress.

Peppino De Filippo actor. Eduardo De Filippo writer and actor. Antonio de Curtis (Totò) writer and actor. Vincenzo Cuoco political philosopher.

Benedetto Croce philosopher. Enrico Caruso. Renato Carosone. Battistello Caracciolo.

Al Capone (born in Brooklyn to Neapolitan parents). Giordano Bruno. Libero Bovio. Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Giambattista Basile poet, courtier, and fairy tale collector. Thomas Aquinas. Enrico Alvino architect. Pozzuoli.

Positano. Sorrento. Procida. Capri.

Ischia. church of San Domenico Maggiore. church of Gesù Nuovo ("new Jesus"). church of Santa Maria Donna Regina.

church of San Lorenzo Maggiore. church of Santa Chiara. Januarius. Cathedral of St.

Piazza del Plebiscito. Palazzo Reale. Castel Nuovo with the Arch of Triumph of Alfonso I. Castel dell'Ovo.

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