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City of license Iqaluit, Nunavut
Broadcast area Nunavut
Branding CBC Radio One
CBC North
Frequency 1230 KHz (AM)
First air date 1961
Format public broadcasting
ERP 1,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning C F Frobisher Bay
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Website CBC North

CFFB is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1230 AM in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The station broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network, and serves as the regional network centre for Nunavut for the CBC North Radio One network.

The local station began broadcasting on February 6, 1961. The original station was located at the T1 building in Iqaluit. The station currently 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 Two 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 Two network, with no local program origination. The Radio Two transmitter in Iqaluit is licensed as a rebroadcaster of CBM-FM in Montreal.

See also CFFB-TV.


Local programming

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, along with 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 both 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 Sounds Like Canada. In the afternoons, programming in Inuktitut, including Tausunni and Tuttavik, airs in place of the national network program Q.

Subsequently, 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.

As the station already airs a more extensive schedule of local programming than most CBC Radio stations, however, it does not produce a Saturday afternoon regional arts magazine series for the territory. Instead, it airs Bandwidth from CBO-FM in Ottawa in the Saturday afternoon regional arts program block.


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

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 legally considered rebroadcasters of CBQR:

And on the following community-owned rebroadcasters

1 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, an Inuktitut 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.


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