CFFB-AM, Radio One, Iqaluit

Canadian Broadcating Corp.

CFFB-AM198612304/1Canadian Broadcating Corp.
CFFB-AM196112301Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


CFFB Frobisher Bay began broadcasting on February 6.


By this time, CFFB Frobisher Bay was operating on a frequency of 1200 kHz with a power of 40 watts.


On March 19, CFFB 1200 was authorized to increase power from 40 watts to 250 watts and to operate from a new antenna site.


On November 4, CFFB received permission to change frequency from 1200 kHz to 1210 kHz. Power would remain 250 watts (non-directional).


CBIK-FM Pond Inlet and CBIL-FM Resolute Bay began broadcasting October 15.

CBIH-FM Cape Dorset, CBII-FM Igloolik and CBIJ-FM Pangnirtung were launched on October 23.


By this time, CFFB (Frobisher Bay) provided programming in the English (approximately 72%) and Inuktitut (approximately 28%).


On January 31,  CFFB was granted a night-time power increase from 1,000 watts to 4,000 watts.  This application was the result of bilateral agreements concluded between Canada and the United Stateswhich allowed night-time power increases for certain AM stations. The CBC indicated that the power increase should be implemented by August 1987.


On January 1, Frobisher Bay became Iqaluit.


By this time, CFFB operated the following rebroadcast transmitters: CBIH-FM Cape Dorset, CBII-FM Igloolik, CBIJ-FM Pangnirtung, CBIK-FM Pond Inlet and CBIL-FM Resolute Bay. CFFB was part of the Eastern Arctic Regional Service which broadcast to the Eastern Arctic, including the High Arctic, Baffin Island and Northern Quebec. The rebroadcasters noted above also provide community programming access. CFFB originated 46 hours and 35 minutes weekly of locally-produced programming of which approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes originated from Kuujjuaq, Quebec. Most of the station-produced programs were broadcast in the Inuktitut language and an Inuit reporter covered the territorial Legislative Assembly.


On December 11, CFFB Iqaluit was granted a decrease in night-time power from 4,000 to 1,000 watts.


CBC Radio added overnight programming to its schedule on May 1, with “CBC Radio Overnight”. The programming started out on certain CBC stations and was expanded to all of its stations by September. The program aired between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. (local time) and offered reports from public broadcasters in 25 countries, with Canadian news on the hour. The program service was provided by the World Radio Network in London, England.


The CBC Radio network (CBC Radio) was renamed “CBC Radio One” on September 1.


On April 1, the new Canadian territory, Nunavut, came into being. CFFB was now in Nunavut rather than the Northwest Territories.

On January 25, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation received approval for CFFB to add FM transmitters at Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, both operating on frequency 101.9 MHz, with an effective radiated power of 110 watts. 


CFFB-1-FM Cambridge Bay and CFFB-2-FM Kugluktuk signed on the air April 7.


As of 2001, CFFB (1230 kHz) Iqaluit operated the following transmitters: CFFB-1-FM Cambridge Bay, CBIH-FM Cape Dorset, CBII-FM Igloolik, CFFB-2-FM Kugluktuk (Coppermine), CBIJ-FM Pangnirtung, CBIK-FM Pond Inlet and CBIL-FM Resolute Bay. CFFB broadcasts approximately 45 hours 35 minutes of local 
programming each week from Iqaluit. Local programming is produced in the English and Inuktituk languages. 


On May 12, the CRTC renewed the licence for CFFB and its rebroadcast transmitters: CBIH-FM Cape Dorset, CBII-FM Igloolik, CBIJ-FM Pangnirtung, CBIK-FM Pond Inlet, CBIL-FM Resolute Bay, CFFB-1-FM Cambridge Bay, and CFFB-2-FM Kugluktuk (Coppermine).


On August 9, the CRTC administatively renewed the licence of CFFB (and its transmitters) to August 31, 2011.


On August 25, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CFFB and its transmitters to March 1, 2013.

On December 14, the CRTC approved the application by the CBC to amend the licence for CFFB Iqaluit, in order to operate a nested FM rebroadcasting transmitter at Iqaluit to rebroadcast the programming of its national English-language network service Radio One. The new transmitter would operate on 91.1 MHz (channel 216A) with an effective radiated power of 800 watts (non-directional antenna with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of -37.4 metres). The licensee stated that it had received numerous complaints about poor reception of its AM signal and that the proposed nested FM transmitter would provide the best solution to improve the reception of CBC Radio One in Iqaluit. The CBC added that the transmitter would not only correct the reception deficiencies of CFFB, but would also allow the residents of Iqaluit to receive CBC Radio One on the FM band. Further, the CBC stated that it wished to maintain its AM station CFFB in Iqaluit, as it provided extensive regional coverage along the south-west coast of Frobisher Bay.


On October 30, the CRTC approved the applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the broadcasting licence for CFFB in order to operate low-power FM transmitters in Puvirnituq (CFFB-FM-8), Kuujjuarapik (CFFB-FM-4), Inukjuak (CFFB-FM-6), Salluit (CFFB-FM-7)and Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo) (CFFB-FM-5), Quebec. All of the transmitters would broadcast on the frequency of 103.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. The CBC requested the revocation of its licence for the short wave radio undertaking CKCX-SW Sackville, N.B. It indicated that the new transmitters would ensure that the population of the aforementioned locations continued to be served by the news and regional information programming of its Radio One service when CKCX-SW ceased operation. Given the licensee’s request and pursuant to sections 9(1)(e) and 24(1) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission revoked the broadcasting licence for CKCX-SW Sackville effective December 1, 2012. Given that the technical parameters approved in this decision were for low-power unprotected FM services, the Commission also reminded the CBC that it would have to select another frequency if the Department of Industry so required.


On February 22, the CRTC administratively renewed the licences for CFFB Iqaluit and its transmitters to August 31, 2013.

On May 28, the CRTC renewed the licence of CFFB Iqaluit and its transmitters CBIH-FM Cape Dorset, CBII-FM Igloolik, CBIJ-FM Pangnirtung, CBIK-FM Pond Inlet, CBIL-FM Resolute Bay, CFFB-1-FM Cambridge Bay, CFFB-2-FM Kugluktuk (Coppermine), CFFB-3-FM Iqaluit, CFFB-FM-4 Kuujjuarapik, Quebec, CFFB-FM-5 Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo), Quebec, CFFB-FM-6 Inukjuak, Quebec, CFFB-FM-7 Salluit, Quebec, and CFFB-FM-8 Puvirnituq, Quebec, for a five year term to August 31, 2018.


In January, CFFB-FM-3 received CRTC approval to decrease effective radiated power from 800 to 179 watts.

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