105.9 Bishop FM is the community radio station for Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area. Bishop FM launched in 2009 and is operated by volunteers from a studio in South Church.

The station can be heard on 105.9 FM in Bishop Auckland, Crook, Spennymoor, Shildon and the surrounding area. If you are unable to receive the station on 105.9 FM you can also listen online at bishopfm.com. Our online stream works with most computers, smartphones, tablets and internet radios.

Programmes and Output

Bishop FM is committed to broadcasting music and speech programmes. Music output includes popular songs from the 1950’s to current chart music during the day, as well as music from other genres in the evening and weekend. These genres of ‘specialist’ music include rock, folk, Northern Soul and blues.

Local news, events, information and music is important to the station, and many news and current affairs stories are covered in our daytime weekday programmes. National and international news stories are included in headlines from the Sky News Centre every hour.

You can contact the station with local issues, news, music and events at any time.

Most programming is produced in South Durham.


Like all community radio stations, Bishop FM relies on volunteers to manage the station and produce programmes. The station is always looking for new volunteers to take on a number of responsibilities.

To ensure that experiences are rewarding and satisfying for volunteers and the station as a whole, we insist that all members, regardless of experience, complete a training programme and volunteer at the station before presenting a programme.


We offer a range of advertising packages which are suitable for organisations, sole traders and small and medium sized companies. Find out more about advertising on radio in South Durham and speak to one of our sales team.

Complaints and Feedback

The station is interested in opinions and feedback from listeners and customers. We have a Complaints and Feedback policy which ensures your comments will be dealt with appropriately.


Bishop FM broadcasts a small selection of syndicated programmes. Contact us to enquire about syndication on Bishop FM.


Bishop FM is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with charitable aims. There is a board of directors, an Executive Committee who run the station on a day-to-day basis, and a group of members (or shareholders). An AGM is held every year, and members can be elected to join the committee or board.

Bishop FM provides a Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions for this website, and Competiton Rules.

Prince Bishop Community Broadcasting Ltd t/a Bishop FM. A company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (06194712). Registered office: Prince Bishop Community Broadcasting Ltd, Unit 28, Innovation House, 26 Longfield Road, South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 6XB.