I just came back from a stroll into Oakland down by the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh. There is plenty of sunshine outside and it feels much hotter than the high of 85 it is supposed to reach today. I’m glad to be out of the sun and back in my little apartment. I’ve got a fan and a good cross breeze going on and some good summer reading to keep me happy.
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a part of the Mr. Skin/Naked News affiliate network. So, I thought it would be nice to let you know exactly what Naked News is all about. Here is Wikipedia’s definition of Naked News; and I searched in my Naked News account and found a Naked News video that I don’t think you’ve seen before.
Naked News, billing itself as “the program with nothing to hide”, is a subscription website featuring a real television newscast. The show is prepared in Toronto and runs daily, with 25-minute episodes 6 days per week. The 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. Naked News also aired briefly as a late night television series on Citytv Toronto.
Alongside the English language version, there is also Naked News Japan. An Italian version existed but closed after a few years. Naked News en Español was briefly trialled. A male version in English was also launched but ceased production on 31 October 2007.
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 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.