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WTSN logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Closed September 30, 2003
Owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (CTVglobemedia 80%/ESPN 20%)
Slogan Women's Sports Television
Country Canada
Broadcast area National

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.

WTSN was owned by CTV Specialty Television, a division of CTVglobemedia (80%) and ESPN (20%). It was a spinoff of The Sports Network, and first began broadcasting on September 7, 2001. The network was headed by pioneering Canadian sports broadcaster Sue Prestedge.[1]



Programming on the network included LPGA golf, WNBA basketball, women's tennis, WUSA soccer, CWHL and WWHL ice hockey and coverage of various women's teams in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.[2]

The network also aired special coverage of Hayley Wickenheiser's debut in the Finnish men's hockey league.[3]


The network ceased operations on September 30, 2003 due to lack of expected growth, limited ad revenue and the high cost of running a sports service.[3]

TSN did not immediately surrender the channel's licence, and filed an intervention in January 2005 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. Media analysts therefore considered it possible that the channel might have relaunched at a later date if economic conditions were found to be more favourable. The licence was eventually revoked at the company's request on December 19, 2006.[4]


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