Aboriginal radio station in N.W.T. back on air
Dept. of Canadian Heritage, which helps fund CKLB, says station has not filed necessary documents
Fans of CKLB Radio in the Northwest Territories are tuning in once again after the aboriginal station was off air for five days over the holidays.
A message posted to the station's website said it had to shut down because federal funding it normally gets was nine months late.
While CKLB is back in business, it's not out of trouble.
The Department of Canadian Heritage is one of the station's main sources of funding. It said it has not cut funding to CKLB. It added that it has doubled the station's annual funding in recent years.
A department spokesperson said the station has not received all of its money because it has not filed necessary documents as part of its agreement with the federal department.
"My observation from two years ago, three years ago, back even four years ago there was a problem for lack of funding for a lot of things," said Jim Hope, a past employee at the station.
Hope said that since CKLB underwent new management, information about how the station's money is spent has become private.
The Department of Canadian Heritage said that once they get the appropriate documentation, the station will get the rest of its money.