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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Sinclair herself has questioned the appropriateness of disrobing while reading of tragic events. Space has a range of definitions. 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. Public space is a term used to define areas of land which are open to all, whilst private property is that area of land owned by an individual or company, for their own use and pleasure. Naked News has generated some controversy among the media, and even within its own staff. Ownership of Airspace and of waters is decided internationally. Victoria Sinclair, the first NN announcer and one of only two with journalism experience, has also received some praise for her newsreading ability. Ownership of space is not restricted to land.

Naked News has earned some praise from established journalists for its coverage of international news items not often covered in mainstream news media. Space can also impact on human and cultural behaviour, being an important factor in architecture, where it will impact on the design of buildings and structures, and on farming. 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). Spatial planning is a method of regulating the use of space at land-level, with decisions made at regional, national and international levels. 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. While some cultures assert the rights of the individual in terms of ownership, other cultures will identify with a communal approach to land ownership. 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. Geographical space is called land, and has a relation to ownership (in which space is seen as property).

It does not however enjoy the same popularity and fame, and there are currently more female than male anchors. Astronomy is the science involved with the observation, explanation and measuring of objects in outer space. A male version of the show was created in 2001 to parallel the female version. Cartography is the mapping of spaces to allow better navigation, for visualisation purposes and to act as a locational device. By 2002, only one news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. Geography is the branch of science concerned with identifying and describing the Earth, utilising spatial awareness to try and understand why things exist in specific locations. 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 International System of Units, (SI), is now the most common system of units used in the measuring of space, and is almost universally used within science.

This number did not refer to the number of actual subscribers of the site, which was believed to be vastly lower. Geometry, the name given to the branch of mathematics which measures spatial relations, was popularised by the ancient Greeks, although earlier societies had developed measuring systems. During the height of its popularity, the website was promoted as receiving over 6 million hits per month. The measurement of physical space has long been important. The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet meme. In particular, the boundary between space and Earth's atmosphere is conventionally set at the Karman line. Naked News was conceived in 1998 and debuted in 1999 as a web-based news service and featuring an all-female cast. Although space is certainly spacious, it is now known to be far from empty, and filled with a tenuous plasma.

. Any area outside the atmospheres of any celestial body can be considered 'space'. Regardless of the gender of the anchor, the male demographic is particularly high for the show. In astronomy, space refers collectively to the relatively empty parts of the universe. Naked News TV is its offshoot pay-per-view or subscription service. In spacetime, measurements of space and time are held to be relative to velocity. The male and female anchors read the news fully nude or strip as they present their news segments. Einstein's work unified the two into spacetime.

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. Before Einstein's work on relativistic physics, time and space were seen as independent dimensions. Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured stripping female weather readers on their website. Relativistic physics examines spacetime rather than space; spacetime is modeled as a four-dimensional manifold, and currently, there are theories that can support up to eleven-dimensional spaces. Comedie - This program on a French cable TV network ran a series promos featuring males and females casually undressing as they read jokes. In classical physics, space is a three-dimensional Euclidean space where any position can be described using three coordinates. www.strip-news.de, a now-defunct German language webcast with both male and female announcers. Currently, the standard space interval, called a standard meter or simply meter, is defined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum during a time interval of 1/299792458 of a second (exact).

Robert Milan. Thus, similar to the definition of other fundamental quantities (like time and mass), space is defined via measurement. Warren Michaels. Space is one of the few fundamental quantities in physics, meaning that it cannot be defined via other quantities because there is nothing more fundamental known at present. Brock Stern. Kinds of mathematical spaces include:. Brendan Tanner. Mathematicians often study general structures that hold regardless of the number of dimensions.

Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the pages of The Advocate magazine. As far as the concept of dimension is defined, this need not be 3: it can also be 0 (a point), 1 (a line), 2 (a plane), more than 3, and with some definitions, a non-integer value. Cole McQuade. Distance measurement is abstracted as the concept of metric space and volume measurement leads to the concept of measure space. Derek Shaw. Important varieties of vector spaces with more imposed structure include Banach space and Hilbert space. Malcolm Matisse. In particular, a vector space and specifically a Euclidean space can be seen as generalizations of the concept of a Euclidean coordinate system.

Jack Lange. It is not a formally defined concept as such, but a generic name for a number of similar concepts, most of which generalize some abstract properties of the physical concept of space. Jeremy Chase. In mathematics, a space is a set, with some particular properties and usually some additional structure. 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. (See philosophy of space.).

Sarah Winters. The nature of space has been a prime occupation for philosophers and scientists for much of human history, and hence it is difficult to provide an uncontroversial and clear definition outside of specific defined contexts. Kelli Graham. the Universe, outer space, all physical space, mathematical space). Kaye Grant. Euclidean space, living space, personal space, social space), or (conceptually) infinite space (ie. Gretchen Frazier. In common usage, it refers to varied concepts of finite (or local) space (ie.

Allyson Jones. Space is a general or specialized concept of a local, relative, containing, or otherwise relevant area —where all objects within have a relationship with (the) space which follows various (theoretically) defineable rules. Erin Sherwood. Accessed June 12, 2005. Devon Calwell - At age 19, she is the youngest cast member. Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica Online. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the same name. Space perception.

Carmen Russo - At age 42, she is the oldest cast member. Kenophobia is the fear of empty spaces. Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout her pregnancy. Astrophobia is the fear of celestial space,. Brooke Roberts. Space can also cause anxiety in people, with agoraphobia manifesting itself in some people as a fear of open spaces, and claustrophobia being the fear of enclosed spaces. Diane Foster. The term "personal space" refers to the amount of space a person likes to maintain between their own person and that of other people.

Erica Stevens. In this view space does not refer to any kind of entity that is a "container" that objects "move through". Samantha Page. A contrasting view is that space is part of a fundamental abstract mathematical conceptual framework (together with time and number) within which we compare and quantify the distance between objects, their sizes, their shapes, and their speeds. Ashley Jenning. One view of space is that it is part of the fundamental structure of the universe, a set of dimensions in which objects are separated and located, have size and shape, and through which they can move. Yukiko Kimura. Vector space.

Cameron Shore. Topological space. Gia Gomez. Projective space. Christine Kerr. Probability space. Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster from New York City. Metric space.

Lily Kwan. Hilbert space. Sandrine Renard. Euclidean space. Roxanne West. Banach space. "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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