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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Since the show's inception in 1999, there has been much turnover among the newscasters, and many guest anchors. Indeed, in the second Polish edition, one of the housemates was taken to a psychiatric hospital, and the winner of the first season in Portugal tried to kill himself several times. The show features occasional on-the-street interviews by topless newscasters, which are made possible by Ontario's Topfree equality laws. One interesting development is that German scientists have discovered that former Big Brother contestants may be at risk from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition sometimes suffered by those who leave the armed forces. As such, most of the show's crew comes from the Toronto area. The amount of sex shown on the televised versions varies from country to country depending on censorship rules, with some countries editing out all sex and nudity, and others allowing the show to border on the pornographic. Most of the show's announcers have been recruited through classified ads in alternative newspapers in Toronto. With the passing of time, it has been demonstrated that the most successful versions were the ones that emulated a soap opera, whereas the versions where the principal attraction was sex have been eliminated, as in Hungary or Poland.

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. Some versions have been filled with sex-crazed housemates, whereas others decided to base the conflict within their programs around difficult or romantic personalities, as in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines or Spain. 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. On the other hand, other versions have involved plotting in the vein of the most cruel soap opera. The anchors have all since continued the tradition of reading tragic events fully clothed. This only happened once, as afterwards, Big Brother modified its rules to prohibit this type of agreement. 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). While any pretences to be a cultural experiment are dubious, reports of the different results of the show around the world have been mildly interesting from a pop-anthropology standpoint; i.e., in Spain, the competitors designed an agreement to achieve they all were nominated automatically and annul then their power of decision inside the process of elimination in the contest.

Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. More generally, the voyeuristic nature of the show, where contestants volunteer to surrender their privacy in return for minor celebrity status and a comparatively small cash prize, has attracted much scorn. 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. Criticisms typically are based on the ironic aspects of George Orwell's dystopic vision of Nineteen Eighty-Four being consciously aped by producers for public entertainment. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Despite derision from many intellectuals and other critics, the show has been a commercial success around the world. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability. The house is even shown live on satellite television (with a 10-15 minute delay to permit muting of unacceptable content in the UK).

Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. In some countries, the Internet broadcasting was supplemented by updates via email, WAP and SMS. 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). These websites were highly successful, even after some national series started charging for access to the video stream. 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. Although the main show, typically broadcast daily with a weekly roundup, is by necessity heavily edited, viewers can also watch a continuous, 24-hour feed from multiple cameras on the web. 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. The series is notable for involving the Internet.

It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. The last remaining housemate is declared the winner and receives a substantial sum in prize money, the amount of which has varied widely around the world. A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. After the votes are tallied, the "evictee" leaves the house and is interviewed on-camera by the host of the show, usually in front of a live studio audience. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. The ones with the most nominations are then named on the television show, and viewers can vote for whom they want to be evicted. 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. Each week, the housemates each privately nominate a number of people who they wish to see removed from the house more than the other residents.

This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Of course, their allowance is lessened if they fail to complete the weekly task. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. To obtain a greater allowance, they may gamble some of their initial amount on the success of the completion of tasks. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. The housemates have a weekly allowance with which they can buy food and other essentials. Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. The tasks are designed to test their team-working abilities and community spirit.

. To fill in time, the residents have various chores to maintain the house, and are set apparently random tasks by the producers of the show, who communicate with the housemates through one (unseen) individual issuing commands, termed "Big Brother". Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. in contraposition to other zones, or characteristics, of the house, more common, even precarious. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. Now almost every country has a modern house for the contest, with jacuzzi, sauna, VIP suite, etc. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. This added an element of survival into the show, thus increasing the potential for tensions within the house.

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. Although essential amenities such as running water, furniture and a limited ration of food were provided, luxury items were forbidden. Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website. Initially, the hostel in which they had to reside for the duration of the competition was very basic. Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. Besides the same living together, which is the principal axis and major attraction of the contest, this one turns concerning 4 basic props: the stripped-bare back to basics environment in which they live, the evictions system, the weekly tasks set by Big Brother, and the "diary room", in which the housemates individually convey their thoughts, feelings, frustrations and their eviction nominees. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers. The last remaining is the winner.

Robert Milan. At weekly intervals, the public is invited to vote to evict one of the contestants. Warren Michaels. Private chats with a psychologist are a special exception. Brock Stern. Originally shown in the Netherlands in September 1999, and subsequently cloned across the world, the "housemates" are confined inside a specially designed house where every single point in the house is within view of a video camera, and not permitted any contact with the outside world (although some versions, like the ones from Philippines, Mexico, Germany or Spain have introduced in some seasons precise changes, allowing the contact with the outside in certain situations): no TV, radio, telephone, Internet or other media are available to the housemates, not even writing materials. Brendan Tanner. .

Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopia in which Big Brother is the all-seeing leader. Cole McQuade. It has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 different countries, earning Endemol large sums. Derek Shaw. The show, a kind of 'real life soap', was invented by John de Mol of the Netherlands and developed by his production company, Endemol. Malcolm Matisse. Big Brother is a popular reality television format, where, over 15 weeks or so, a number of contestants (typically 12) try to avoid periodic publicly-voted evictions from a communal house and hence win a cash prize.

Jack Lange. Ukraine, Dom. Jeremy Chase. UK, Back To Reality. Raoul Santos. Turkey, Biri Bizi Gözetliyor. 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. Spain, La Casa De Tu Vida.

Sarah Winters. Spain, El Bus. Kelli Graham. Slovenia, To Sam Ja. Kaye Grant. Slovakia VyVolení. Gretchen Frazier. Serbia, To Sam Ja.

Allyson Jones. Russia, Za Steklom. Erin Sherwood. Russia, Golod. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. Russia, Dom. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name. Russia, 12 Negrityat.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. FYR Macedonia, Tom Sam Ja. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. Puerto Rico, 360 Estudio. Brooke Roberts. Peru, La Casa De Gisela. Diane Foster. Norway, Singel 24-7.

Erica Stevens. Netherlands, De Bus. Samantha Page. Latvia, Barbarossa. Ashley Jenning. Latvia, Fabrika. Yukiko Kimura. Israel, The Yacht.

Cameron Shore. Israel, Project Y. Gia Gomez. Ireland, Cabin Fever. Christine Kerr. Indonesia, Penghuni Terakhir. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City. Hungary, Való Világ.

Lily Kwan. France, Nice People. Sandrine Renard. France, Les Colocataires. Roxanne West. Czech Republic VyVolení. "Athena the Greek". Croatia, To Sam Ja.

Athena King - a.k.a. Bosnia, To Sam Ja. April Torres. Bosnia, 60 Sati. 2002. Bolivia, Uno Busca. 2001, and returned in Nov. Austria, Taxi Orange.

Sinclair left the show in Sept. Albania, To Sam Ja. Victoria Sinclair - The first NN reporter, she originally performed solo before additional news anchors were added. Albania, Syri Magjik. Albania, Kafazi i Arte. Countries: Argentina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.

Countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Yemen.. Big Brother winner with the highest percentage: 87.2%, Pepe Herrero, GH7 Spain. Most housemates left on the final night: 6, Celebrity BB4 UK. First non-celebrity winning Big Brother VIP/Celebrity: Chantelle Houghton, Celebrity BB4 UK.

First non-celebrity on Big Brother VIP/Celebrity: Chantelle Houghton, Celebrity BB4 UK. 2006

    . First Big Brother birth: Tanja Slangenberg gave birth to Joscelyn Savanna, BB5 Netherlands. Lowest eviction percentage with positive voting: 1.06%, Martin, BB6 Germany.

    Longest gap between 2 BB seasons: 966 days, BB4 > BB5 Netherlands. First Big Brother 7: Spain. First Big Brother ~ Big Mother season: BB4 Greece. First Big brother house to have an altar: BB1 Philippines.

    First Big Brother with twins winning: Greg and David Matthews, BB5 Australia. Youngest Big Brother winner: Anastacia Yagalova, 19 years old, BB1 Russia. Shortest Big Brother: 60 days, BB3 Mexico. First Big Brother village: BB6 Germany.

    Shortest gap between 2 Big Brother seasons: 0 minutes, BB5 > BB6 Germany. Longest time in Big Brother house: Sascha Sirtl and Franziska Lewandrowski, 365 days, BB5 Germany. Seasons with most contestants: 59, BB5 Germany & BB6 Germany. Longest Big Brother: 365 days, BB5 Germany.

    2005

      . First Big Brother 6: Spain. First incorrect eviction: Bree Amer instead of Ryan Fitzgerald, BB4 Australia. First twins competing: Natalie and Adria, BB5 USA.

      First transsexual winner: Nadia Almada, BB5 UK. First Evil Big Brother: BB5 UK. Only contestant to win 2 Big Brothers: Jill Liv Nielsen, BB1 & BB Reality All Stars Denmark. First Big Brother Reality All Stars: Denmark.

      First Big Brother suspended: Big Brother Arabia. First Big Brother with a praying room: Big Brother Arabia. First Big Brother in Asia: Big Brother Arabia. First blood related housemates: Domenico and Ilaria, father and daughter, GF4 Italy.

      2004

        . First contestant to become pregnant in the house: Sissal, BB3 Denmark. First Big Brother 5: Spain. First Big Brother All Stars: Belgium.

        First Big Brother Teen: UK. First winner of Asian descent: Jun Song, BB4 USA. First Big Brother with ex-couple housemates: Alison & Justin, Amanda & Scott, David & Michelle, Erika & Robert, Jee & Jun, BB4 USA. First black winner: Cherise Makubale, BB1 Africa.

        First international version: Big Brother Africa. Oldest Big Brother housemate: Mihalis Apostolides, 63 years old, BB3 Greece. First Big Brother with a couple competing: Pasquale and Victoria, GF3 Italy. 2003

          .

          Natalia 50,06%, Natalia evicted, GH3 Argentina. Least eviction difference: 0.12%, Viviana 49,94% vs. First Big Brother host to spend 24 hours in the house: Martijn Krabbé, BB4 Netherlands. First Big Brother 4: Netherlands.

          First pregnant housemate: Michelle, BB2 South Africa. First Big Brother with Power Of Veto: BB3 USA. First Big Brother double eviction: Alex and Nathan, BB2 Australia. First Big Brother to have BB nominating all housemates: BB2 Australia.

          First housemates swap: GH3 Spain - BB1 Mexico. 2002

            . Highest eviction percentage: Karolina, 95.82%, BB2 Poland. First Big Brother The Battle: Netherlands.

            First Big Brother 100 Days Later: Norway. First Big Brother in Africa: BB1 South Africa. First Big Brother with Head Of House: BB2 USA. Oldest Big Brother winner: Janusz Dzięcioł, 47, BB1 Poland.

            First gay winner: Brian Dowling, BB2 UK. First Big Brother to have more than one winner: Christophe Mercy & Loana Petrucciani, LS1 France. First Loft Story season: LS1 France. First replacement housemate to win Big Brother: Marcelo Corazza, GH1 Argentina.

            First Big Brother in Oceania: BB1 Australia. First Celebrity/VIP winner: Jack Dee, Celebrity BB1 UK. First Big Brother 3: Germany. Most Big Brothers to start in a year: 21.

            2001

              . First evicted housemate voted back into the house: Marion, BB2 Germany. First bisexual winner: Bianca Hagenbeek, BB2 Netherlands. First female winner: Daniela Kanton, BB1 Switzerland.

              First Big Brother 2: Netherlands. First contestant to be removed by BB: Nicholas Bateman, BB1 UK. Season with least contestants: 10, BB1 USA, BB1 Sweden and GF1 Italy. First Big Brother in America: Big Brother USA.

              First Big Brother VIP: Netherlands. 2000

                . First Big Brother winner: Bart Spring in 't Veld, BB1 Netherlands. First replacement housemate: Mona Rooth-de Leeuw, BB1 Netherlands.

                First contestant to voluntarily leave: Tara van den Bergh, BB1 Netherlands. First contestant to be evicted: Martin Jonkman, BB1 Netherlands. First Big Brother: Netherlands. 1999

                  .

                  Country with most days with BB on air: Germany, 1.102 days. Country with most VIP/Celebrity seasons: Mexico, 5 finished seasons. Country with most seasons in total: UK, 11 finished seasons (6 main, 4 Celebrity & 1 Teen). Country with most seasons: Spain, 7 finished seasons.

                  Winners: 62 males and 40 females. General

                    . They also welcome 4 new housemates. The BB1 Norway housemates living again together after 100 days since the contest's ending.

                    Big Brother, 100 Days Later (Norway). Contestants from different reality shows living together at the BB house. Big Brother, Reality All Star (Denmark). Housemates from the different BB Belgium seasons living together.

                    Big Brother, All Star (Belgium). Teenage houseguests not competing, just living together. Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom). Other special versions:

                      .

                      Seven B-celebrity hoteliers and a Big Boss run a hotel, collecting money for charity. In 2006 a new variant appeared in the Netherlands: "Hotel Big Brother". Celebrity Big Brother does not attach the time length of the Big Brother VIP series (it only lasts a few days), which last even for months. Also in different countries, there is a spin-off called Big Brother VIP (Mexico, Hungary, Argentina, Bulgaria -called VIP Brother-, Spain, Denmark and Portugal) / Celebrity Big Brother (UK, South Africa, Netherlands, Philippines, Peru, Belgium and Australia).

                      Scandinavia: Sweden and Norway. Pacific: Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Middle East: United Arab Emirates, Arabia, Bahrein, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Somalia and Tunisia. Central America (planned for the end of the year): Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

                      Africa: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All these follow the normal Big Brother rules with the exception that contestants come from different countries in the region where it airs:

                        . There are five special panregional versions of Big Brother. However, this proved to be a failure with the show's audience and the show switched back to the traditional "Big Brother" format in mid-season.

                        The "mamas" would not be able to win the prize but they would stay with their children until their eviction. In Big Mother nine houseguest take place in the game with their mothers, with whom they must coexist during the contest. The fourth Greek season introduced a new element: the mother. The sixth version (currently airing in RTL II) is running in a small artificial town denominated "Das Dorf".

                        The fifth German edition, running for a full year, separated the contestants into three teams (rich, regular, survivor) and equivalent living areas. This was also seen in Australia, Spain, Bulgaria and Mexico. He was establishing punishments and was proposing hard tasks and secret tricks. The fifth UK edition introduced the "Evil" touch, where the Big Brother voice became almost a villain.

                        Italy and Mexico added punishment zones to their houses. Separated houses have also been used in Spain, Australia, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Slovakia, Greece, UK, Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Germany. The third Dutch edition introduced the notion of "The Battle", in which the house is separated into a luxurious half and a poor half, with two teams of housemates constantly fighting for time in the luxurious half. It's been adapted in Brazil and since then some countries modified their nominations rules.

                        The US version also introduced the Power of Veto, with a houseguest having power to save a housemate from the nominations. Also, the nominations are done by one houseguest, the HOH (Head of Household). Big Brother USA currently uses different rules than other countries' versions of the show, as it has starting with its second season (the first season followed the traditional format) In the US version, viewers do not vote for eviction; all voting is done by houseguests. Twelve single people stay in the same house until only the winning couple are left.

                        In France and Canada, the format has been developed using couples. [8] Co-produced version with Norway and Sweden taking part. Its name came because all of the participating countries are in the border of the Pacific. [7] Made in Colombia, this is a panregional version with contestants from Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

                        [1]. Discontinued after 10 days because of religious protests. [6] Filmed in Amwaj Island in Bahrain. The 7th season will start in autumn 2006.

                        The season ends in February 2006. The set includes a church, a market place, four houses, etc. "Big Brother: The Village". 200The show is called "Big Brother: Das Dorf", lit.

                        The producers of the show said that when the ratings are too low, the show will be cancelled. This is the first show in television history which has no time limit. Immediately after, Big Brother VI started. The ultimate winner got a prize of 1,000,000 €.

                        [5] In 2004 edition, this was the first version to run for 365 days consecutively. Countries taking part: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. [4] Planned for the end of the year. [3] Versions from Canada and France have two winners, a male and a female.

                        [2] Greg Mathew had to split his prize with his twin, David, because they entered the house as one person, called Logan and they agreed to share it if they won. [1] Panregional version with housemates from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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