WTSN (TV channel)

WTSN (TV channel)

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launch = September 7, 2001
closed date = September 30, 2003
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owner = CTV Speciality Television Inc. (CTVglobemedia 80%/ESPN 20%)
slogan = Women's Sports Television
country = Canada
broadcast area = National
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WTSN is a now defunct Canadian category 1 digital cable specialty channel dedicated to presenting women in sports. It was believed to be the world's first television service dedicated solely to women's sports.

The network was headed by pioneering Canadian sports broadcaster Sue Prestedge.

WTSN was owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc; a division of CTVglobemedia (80%) and ESPN (20%). It was a spinoff of The Sports Network (TSN). WTSN first began broadcasting on September 7, 2001 and ceased operations on September 30, 2003, due to lack of expected growth, limited ad revenue and high cost of running a sports service.

However, TSN did not immediately surrender the channel's licence, and as late as January 2005, filed an intervention with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) against a proposed licence amendment for Fox Sports World Canada that may have impacted on WTSN's mandate. It was therefore considered possible that the channel might have relaunched if economic conditions were found to be more favourable. However, the licence was eventually [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2006/db2006-680.htm revoked] , at the company's request, on December 19, 2006.

External links

* [http://www.tsn.ca The Sports Network website]

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