[Screenshot of BNQT mobile site before photos disappeared]
Turns out that a USA Today subsidiary's "Poca-Hotness" photo gallery of nearly naked women may have been too hot for Gannett.
BNQT, an action sports subsidiary aimed at men, took down a series of photo galleries today that included one featuring women barely dressed as Native American "princesses." Other galleries that disappeared were devoted to "Cyber Monday Hotties" and "Thanksgiving Kitchen Hotties."
Links I posted here that once led to the galleries now take readers to a photo page with a brief message saying only, "unknown photo album."
The situation illustrates the challenges for a G-rated media company when it absorbs one publishing NC-17 material.
Of course, the reverse is also true: BNQT, founded by Rudd Davis -- now a senior USAT executive -- risked being homogenized when it was merged into the 105-year-old Gannett, an old-line newspaper publisher that doesn't want to offend a family-friendly audience.
This screenshot shows a now-missing photo from the Cyber Monday gallery: