After 19 years of broadcasting from Yellowknife, CBC North’s Inuktitut-language supper hour news show, Igalaaq, will make its debut from a studio in Iqaluit tonight.
“It’s happiness for me,” says Madeleine Allakariallak, the show’s host. “Igalaaq has come home.”
Igalaaq means ‘window’ in Inuktitut, “so I expect everyone to be peaking into their windows,” she says.
The evening news show has taken over part of CBC Nunavut’s morning radio studio, with a new backdrop, wires and lights.
“I was in that studio for almost 10 years, 10 years ago,” Allakariallak says, referring to her years as host of the morning radio show, Qulliq, beginning in 1999, “so it’s full circle for me.”
The Nunavut broadcast will remain something of a technical challenge.
Igalaaq’s producers and technical team are staying in Yellowknife, and will work with Iqaluit to guide the show to air every weekday.
“I’ll be cued by my producer in my earpiece from Yellowknife,” Allakariallak says. “And I have to jump in sooner because there’s a slight delay. It makes it that much more challenging, but interesting and exciting at the same time.”
Allakariallak is only the second host of Igalaaq in the show’s history. On April 1, she took over from Rassi Nashalik, who anchored the program for 18 years.
Igalaaq goes to air at 6 p.m. ET tonight.