Newsman Gets Naked

04/09/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

Lucas Tyler, a 33-year-old investment adviser from Montreal, isn't a suit-and-tie kind of guy. Or even undershorts. He is now the first male to take a seat -- as it were -- as a news-desk anchor on "Naked News," a popular members-only Web site, whose motto is "The Program with Nothing to Hide." "I was restless in my prior career, and I wanted to express my creative side," Lucas told Reuters before his scheduled Thursday debut. "Compared to what I did before, this job is extremely creative, and this company is very creative." Tyler was selected from 200 aspirants who auditioned after a Toronto newspaper carried and ad for "fit and attractive" men and women. Journalism experience was not required. "Getting naked is part of the shtick," said Tyler. "CNN is 24 hours live all the time, and we are news without clothes on."

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