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Sue Prestedge Named WSN's Senior Vice President

TORONTO,Feb. 28 2001 --Sports broadcasting in Canada enters a new era
this fall with WSN and Sue Prestedge will lead the charge.
    Rick Brace, President of NetStar Communications, announced today that
Prestedge will take the helm as WSN's Senior Vice President on March 12.
    "Sue brings experience, leadership and vision to WSN," Brace says. "Her
expertise in all aspects of broadcasting will help guide a network that will
blaze a trail in Canadian broadcasting."
    WSN, the world's first 24-hour, national network dedicated to the
promotion and broadcast of women's sports, is scheduled to hit the air this
fall. WSN is one of 16 English language category one channels approved by the
CRTC for broadcast.
    Prestedge will oversee the day-to-day operations of the new network
including program production, acquisition and scheduling as well as marketing
and strategic planning.
    "WSN will provide viewers with unique programming -- live sports events,
information and entertainment -- all celebrating women's accomplishments in
sport," Prestedge says.
    Prestedge's broadcasting career has spanned more than 25 years at both
the local and national levels. She joined CBC Sports in 1983 and was part of
the 1984 Olympic broadcast team. Her efforts included a 13-part series that
examined many issues, including the role of women in sports. The series was
critically acclaimed and Prestedge was awarded the Foster Hewitt Award For
Outstanding Sports Broadcasting. She is the only woman to have ever received
this award.
    During her CBC Sports career, she covered three Olympic games as well as
women's alpine skiing and thoroughbred racing. Prestedge also guest hosted
CBC's anthology program Sportsweekend. In addition to television, she was part
of the network's radio team for the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the Nagano
Winter Olympics.
    For the past five years, Prestedge has directed the broadcast journalism
program at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. During this time she has also
acted as a commentator for equestrian events, Special Olympics and women's
synchronized swimming broadcasts on TSN.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available
    on the Canadian Press Photo Network/


For further information: David Rosenbloom, (416) 490-7361

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