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Cbc radio one iqaluit.svg
City Iqaluit, Nunavut
Broadcast area Nunavut
Branding CBC Radio One
CBC North
Frequency 1230 kHz (AM)
First air date 1961
Format public broadcasting
Power 1,000 watts (AM 1230)
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 63°44′51″N 068°30′33″W / 63.74750°N 68.50917°W / 63.74750; -68.50917 (CFFB)Coordinates: 63°44′51″N 068°30′33″W / 63.74750°N 68.50917°W / 63.74750; -68.50917 (CFFB)
Callsign meaning C F Frobisher Bay
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Website CBC North
City Iqaluit, Nunavut
Frequency 91.1 FM
Format simulcast of CFFB
ERP 800 watts
HAAT −37.4 meters (−123 ft)
Class A
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CFFB is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1230 AM. It operates a nested FM rebroadcasting transmitter at 91.1 MHz in Iqaluit, Nunavut.[1] The station broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network, and serves as the regional network centre for Nunavut for the CBC North service.

The local station began broadcasting on February 6, 1961. The "FB" in the callsign stands for Frobisher Bay, which was renamed Iqaluit in 1987. The station operates from the CBC Building at the Astro Hill Complex in the centre of Iqaluit.

With the advent of the Anik A series of communications satellites in the 1970s, CFFB was transformed from a local station to the regional production centre for northern CBC stations serving Canada's Eastern Arctic. Satellite distribution and the installation of local radio transmitters in most Eastern Arctic communities in the mid-1970s brought Inuktitut and English radio programs produced in Iqaluit, along with network CBC Radio to most communities in what is now Nunavut.

CBC Radio 2 service is also provided in Iqaluit, broadcast at 88.3 FM with an effective radiated power of 800 watts. It provides a regular Eastern Time feed of the CBC Radio 2 network, with no local program origination. The Radio Two transmitter in Iqaluit is licensed as a rebroadcaster of CBM-FM in Montreal.

CBC Iqaluit studio

Local programming[edit]

The Iqaluit station produces most of CBC Radio's regional programs in Nunavut, including Qulliq on weekday mornings, the noon-hour program Nipivut, Tausunni in the afternoons, anf Saturday AM and Sunday AM on weekend mornings. Other afternoon Inuktitut programs Tuttavik and Tusaajaksat originate in Kuujjuaq, Quebec and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, respectively. Some of the network's local programs air in English and Inuktitut, while others air in Inuktitut only.

The station also differs significantly from the main CBC Radio One schedule. Qulliq airs from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Eastern Time, and is followed by abbreviated broadcasts of The Current and Q. In the afternoons, programming in Inuktitut, including Tausunni and Tuttavik, airs in place of the national network programs.

In the evenings, the Inuktitut cultural magazines Ullumi Tusaqsauqaujut and Sinnaksautit originate at the Iqaluit station, airing at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time respectively; the CBC Radio One network schedule follows at 11 p.m Eastern Time.

The station airs a more extensive schedule of local programming than most CBC Radio stations. It does not produce a Saturday afternoon regional arts magazine series for the territory. Instead, it airs The True North Concert Series, a CBC North program featuring live music recorded across the three northern territories. It also carries a weekly music request program for youth on Sunday afternoons at 3pm Eastern Time.


CFFB is broadcast on the following CBC owned and operated transmitters:

CFFB is also heard as a "wrap-around" feed for CKHV 1340AM in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. CKHV also has a low-power (LP) re-broadcaster in Nain operating on 99.9 FM with the call sign CKOK-FM. This in-turn is also fed to various low-power community stations along the Northern coast of Labrador.

CBQR-FM in Rankin Inlet is considered a separate originating station within the network; it produces a portion of the shared CBC North Nunavut schedule. The following transmitters are legal rebroadcasters of CBQR:

The following are community-owned rebroadcasters:

a.^ In Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, the CBC North Radio One program service from the Northwest Territories also has rebroadcast transmitters, in order to provide those communities with noon and afternoon programming from CHAK in Inuvik. The program Tusaavik is broadcast in Inuvialuktun, a dialect close to Inuinnaqtun which is spoken in Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk. Other programs on the NWT feed include the Trailbreaker morning show and Trail's End afternoon shows from CBC North in Yellowknife. The Northwest Territories rebroadcasts in those communities is on 105.1 FM.

On October 11, 2011, the CBC applied to add a new FM transmitter at Iqaluit.[6][7] This application received Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approval on December 14, 2011 and the new transmitter will operate at 91.1 MHz.[8]

On June 29, 2012, the CBC applied to add more FM transmitters in Inukjuak, Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik, and Puvirnituq, Quebec. All of these will rebroadcast CFFB AM Iqualuit on 103.5 MHz with 50 watts. On October 30, 2012, the CBC received CRTC approval to add new FM transmitters in the above-mentioned communities. The commission also revokes the broadcasting licence for CKCX-SW Sackville, New Brunswick effective November 1, 2012.[9][10]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 99-22
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2002-70
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-498, CBQR-FM Rankin Inlet - New transmitter in Baker Lake, and technical change, CRTC, November 9, 2015
  5. ^ Decision CRTC 94-913
  6. ^ Broadcasting Part 1 Applications Open for Comment, CRTC, October 11, 2011
  7. ^ 2011-1361-2
  8. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-773 CFFB Iqaluit – New transmitter at Iqaluit, CRTC, December 14, 2011
  9. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-602 CFFB Iqaluit – New transmitters in Puvirnituq, Kuujjuarapik, Inukjuak, Salluit and Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo), CRTC, October 30, 2012
  10. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-602-1 CFFB Iqaluit – New transmitters in Puvirnituq, Kuujjuarapik, Inukjuak, Salluit and Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo) – Correction, CRTC, November 5, 2012

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