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|Genre||News, entertainment, adult website|
|Created by||Fernando Pereira, Kirby Stasyna|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original release||December 1999 –|
Naked News is a Canadian news and entertainment program owned by Naked Broadcasting Network. It features naked female news presenters reading news bulletins derived from news wires. The show's production studio is located in Toronto, Canada. There are six new daily programs a week, that run approximately 22-minutes in length. The female cast members 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.
The show often recruits women from around the world, to either appear as guest reporters, or to appear on a regular basis. Their audition feature, where amateur women try out for the program, is one of their most popular segments and generates the most feedback from its viewers. Another segment that generates a lot of interest is called Naked In The Streets. This is where a reporter will go topless in the street and speak to the general public about various topics.
Naked 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.
Following 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 2008.
Naked 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.
A 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.
In the media
The 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.
- Comédie+ – 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 Naked News format in its entirety in a striptease newscast called Les Nuz, except the anchors keep their bottom underwear on.
- Radio Tango – In 2001 this radio station based in Oslo, Norway began featuring stripping female weather readers in their broadcasts and on their website.
- A very similar phenomenon by the name "Noodie News" appears in Canadian Margaret Atwood's 2003 novel Oryx and Crake.
- Počasíčko (diminutive of "weather") was Czech TV Nova's past-10PM featurette launched in January 1998 where a nude woman (or occasionally, a man) got dressed in clothing appropriate for the next day's weather forecast. This was discontinued after several years and returned as web-only in February 2007. When Nova launched a new online portal in May 2008, it included a "Red News" section causing controversy; asked about the Naked News, they denied securing license and stressed Počasíčko's primacy.
- In June 2009 plans for Naked News Korea were announced. It featured a similar format to the Canadian version but with less nudity. This was later revealed to be a scam. After barely a month of operations, Naked News Korea, which featured topless news anchors, abruptly closed down amid allegations that the CEO, John Chau, disappeared with all of the company's money. Although Chau bought the naming rights from the Naked News, it was never an official subsidiary of the Toronto-based Canadian company.
- In March 2010, students at the University of Cambridge presented a news segment on Cambridge University Television in the nude.
- French spoof news site Les Graves Infos (Serious News) was launched in mid-2009 with a stripping weather girl. The site closed in February 2010.
- In June 2014, a very similar show was released in Venezuela called Desnudando La Noticia (Stripping The News) which is a variant of Naked News.
- In Portugal, a five-minute news bulletin fronted by a naked woman, titled Nutícias, premiered on April 22, 2002 on cable station SIC Radical. The show got canceled in 2003.
- A Finnish copy of the Naked News concept was broadcast on the country's Aluetelevisio cable television channel. The show employed the erotic actress Maria Kekkonen as a reporter and the former pornographic actress Rakel Liekki also worked for the show.
- A 2005 episode of the satirical New Zealand news show Eating Media Lunch depicted newsreaders fornicating in a parody of Naked News called "Fuck News".
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