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News is a Canadian news and entertainment program owned by Naked Broadcasting
Network. It features nude female news presenters reading news bulletins derived
from news wires. The show's production studio is located in Toronto, Canada. There
are six daily news programs a week and they are approximately 22 minutes long.
The female cast members either read the news fully nude, or disrobe as they present
their various segments, including entertainment, sports, movies, food, sex and
relationships. Naked News TV! is an offshoot of the web program and is broadcast
on pay TV in various countries around the world.
show recruits women from around the world to appear on a regular basis or as guest
reporters. Their auditions, where women try out for the program, is one of the
most popular segments and generates the most viewer feedback. Another popular
segment is Naked in the Streets, where a reporter will go topless in the street
and ask the public about topics.
Naked News anchor Christine Kerr, in Toronto (Canada), 2008
News was conceived by Fernando Pereira and Kirby Stasyna and debuted in December
1999 as a web-based news service featuring an all-female cast. It began with
only one anchor, Victoria Sinclair, who worked for the program until 2015. As
the show grew the number of female anchors increased. Roxanne West joined Sinclair
as a lead anchor, and other cast members included Holly Weston, Lily Kwan, Sandrine
Renard, Erin Sherwood, Athena King, Brooke Roberts, Michelle Pantoliano, Erica
Stevens, Samantha Page, Christine Kerr and Valentina Taylor, plus guest anchors.
The website was popularized entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became a popular
web destination. During the height of its popularity, the website was receiving
over six million unique visitors per month. In the site's early days the entire
newscast could be viewed for free online. The site was initially supported by
advertising but this changed after the collapse of Internet advertising that occurred
with the dot-com crash. By 2002 only one news segment could be viewed freely,
and by 2004, no free content remained on the website. Beginning in 2005, a nudity-free
version of Naked News was available to non-subscribers. Beginning in June 2008,
two news segments could be viewed freely. However, this ended in December 2009.
the success of The Naked Truth, a similar show on Russian television, Naked News
launched Naked News TV!, the first Internet news program to successfully transfer
from website to cable television. It was initially broadcast on Viewers Choice
in Canada in 2001, and was first broadcast in the United States a few months later
by the iN DEMAND cable TV service on its Too Much for TV pay-per-view network
that also included Girls Gone Wild. In 2002 it was broadcast in Australia on The
Comedy Channel via cable and satellite television platforms Foxtel and Austar.
The British channel Sumo TV briefly showed episodes of Naked News, while the free-to-view
Playboy One broadcast the show at 9:30pm Mondays-Fridays until its closure in
News launched a Japanese version of the show in 2006. Japanese broadcasting regulations
prohibited the presenters from being fully naked, allowing them only to strip
to their underwear. In 2007 the Japanese government changed broadcasting guidelines
to prevent the show receiving a subsidy for the section delivered in sign language.
male version of the show ran from 2001 until 2007. It was created to parallel
the female version, but ceased production as it did not enjoy the female version's
popularity and fame. Although it was originally targeted towards female viewers
(at one point said to be 30% of the website's audience), the male show later promoted
itself as news from a queer perspective.
2013 the Naked News show was the subject of an eight-part documentary series called
Naked News Uncovered which was broadcast on Super Channel in Canada.
female announcers have been featured in almost every medium including television
(CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The View, Sally Jessy 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.