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, most
viewers are men.
Naked News was conceived in 1998 by Fernando Pereira
and Kirby Stasyna and debuted in 2000 as a web-based
news service featuring an all-female cast. It began
with only one anchor, Victoria Sinclair, who is still
with the program which has currently grown to 10 female
anchors, plus guest anchors. The website was popularized
entirely by word of mouth, and quickly became an internet
meme. During the height of its popularity, the website
was receiving over 6 million hits per month. Part
of the large amounts of web traffic in the site's
early days was because the entire newscast could be
viewed for free and supported by advertising. By 2002,
after the crash of Internet advertising, only one
news segment could be viewed freely, and by 2004,
no free content remained on the website. Currently
a nudity-free version of Naked News is available to
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.
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 2000, 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 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
current female anchors are:
Michelle Pantoliano - Former radio & TV broadcaster
from New York City.
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
Past female anchors are:
Athena King - a.k.a. "Athena the Greek".
Holly Weston - She continued on the show throughout
Carmen Russo - At age 42, she was the oldest cast
member. She is unrelated to the Italian model of the
Devon Calwell - At age 19, she was the youngest cast
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.
Past male anchors are:
Joshua Holt - Recently announced he was gay in the
pages of The Advocate magazine.
Current writers are:
Steven Shehori - Also a director
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.
the imitators on the internet:
- In 2001, this French cable TV network ran a series
promos featuring males and females casually undressing
as they read jokes. In 2006, they copied the NN format
in its entirety in a striptease newscast called Les
Radio Tango - Oslo, Norway radio station once featured
stripping female weather readers on their website.
Pocasícko - A 2002 featurette on Czech television
network Nova TV where a nude woman (or occasionally,
a man) gets dressed in clothing appropriate for that
day's weather forecast.
A comedic "precursor" to this concept occurred
in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, in
which Terry Jones began performing a striptease while
giving a fast-paced rundown of economic news.
very similar phenomenon (going by the name "Noodie
News") appears in Canadian novelist Margaret
Atwood's Oryx and Crake, a work of fiction.
also Svetlana Pesotskaya. (Credit: