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Encyclopedia > WTSN (TV channel)

WTSN is a now defunct Canadian category 1 digital cable television channel dedicated to presenting women in sports. It was believed to be the world's first television service dedicated solely to women's sports. Category 1 channels are Canadian television channels defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that must be carried by all digital cable and direct broadcast satellite providers that have the capability to do so. ... Digital cable is a term for a type of cable digital television that delivers more channels than possible with analog cable by using digital video compression. ... The term television channel generally refers to either a television station or its cable/satellite counterpart (both outlined below). ... A woman is a female human. ...

The network was headed by pioneering Canadian sports broadcaster Sue Prestedge. Sue Prestedge is a Canadian sports broadcaster, who was one of Canadas first and most influential female sports journalists. ...

Owned by Bell Globemedia and ESPN as a spinoff of TSN (The Sports Network), WTSN first began broadcasting on September 7, 2001 but ceased operations on September 30, 2003, due to lack of expected growth and revenue. Bell Globemedia Inc. ... ESPN (formerly an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... TSN may also refer to The Sporting News, The Sierra Network, Team Sportscast Network, or taxonomic serial number. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

However, Bell Globemedia has never officially surrendered the station's license, and as recently as January of 2005, filed an intervention with the CRTC against a proposed license amendment for Fox Sports World Canada that may have impacted on WTSN's mandate. It is, thus, possible — albeit not currently likely — that the channel may relaunch in the future if economic conditions are found to be more favourable. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, in French Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes) was established in 1968 by the Canadian Parliament to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. ... Fox Sports World Canada is a Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel owned by CanWest Global Communications and featuring world sporting events in cricket, soccer and rugby. ...

WTSN presumably stood for "Women's TSN", and hence "Women's The Sports Network". Due to the inherent grammatical problems in this, some have suggested that it was an acronym for "Women's Television Sports Network". The slogan actually used by WTSN in promotions was different yet again, "Women's Sports Television", although this would not correspond with the WTSN acronym.


External links

  • The Sports Network



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