Radio Advertising

Reach listeners in South Durham and Darlington with Bishop FM

Benefits of radio advertising

The medium that’s at home, work and in the car

1 & 2 RAJAR Infographic Q4 2023, 3 News Consumption in the UK: 2022, Ofcom

Choose advertising on Bishop FM

Listeners in South Durham & Darlington

Our coverage area on FM and DAB+ digital radio includes more than 148,000 adults4.

Local content and shows

Every week we speak to local guests, keep listeners up-to-date with locally relevant information and play great music. We’ve been based in Bishop Auckland since launching on 105.9 FM in 2009.

Affordable and flexible packages

As a small organisation we understand the need for affordable options. We offer a range of flexible on-air packages without compromising on quality.

4 Darlington & Bishop Auckland small‐scale DAB parameters, Ofcom

Coverage map showing main towns

Radio advertising packages

Flexible packages to suit your objectives and budget

Advertising terms apply. Pay by debit/credit card or bank transfer.

Our Community

More than 7,700 fans follow Bishop FM online.

We know that more than 62% of our fans call Bishop Auckland, Crook, Durham, Shildon, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington and Ferryhill their home5.

Our website was visited by more than 1.7K users in November 2023.

5 Social media insights


Bishop FM is available on the platforms that account for 96% of radio listening in the UK6.

Listeners can download the Bishop FM app for their smartphones, ask their smart speaker to ‘play Bishop FM’ and listen on the website.

We’re also on Radioplayer and TuneIn, making it easy for listeners to choose Bishop FM on the go or at home on TVs and speakers.

6 Platform share of all radio listening, RAJAR

Some of our previous advertisers

Join great brands and organisations that have already advertised Bishop FM

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

“We participate in the Shop Local scheme with Bishop FM. It definitely helps us out – it raises our profile. We do have people come in the shop who’ve heard us.”


Builders’ Merchant

“We were advertising in news papers and magazines spending far more than we could afford, running all over the country. We started advertising with Bishop FM and now we reach the people and the people can reach us, that’s advertising, the easy way and the cost effective way.”

Community event

Community Organisation

“Bishop Auckland Town Team would like to thank Bishop FM for their Christmas outside broadcasts. Bishop FM helped to create the perfect Christmas atmosphere for these town events.”

Join well known businesses and organisations like ASDA, Darlington Borough Council, Durham County Council, King James I Academy, Samaritans, South Durham Enterprise Agency and Taylor Wimpey that have already advertised on Bishop FM

How it works

From initial idea to starting the campaign on Bishop FM

Presenter at an outside broadcast
Outside broadcast in Bishop Auckland

1. Objectives

First we’ll discuss a campaign with you to understand what you want to achieve with radio advertising.

2. Create the commercial

Then we will work with you to complete a brief for the commercial that listeners will hear. We’ll liaise with you and an experienced commercial production company whose work is already on radio stations across the UK.

3. Scheduling

Finally we’ll look at the optimal schedule for your commercial before it starts on air.

What’s on Bishop FM

On air and online content targeted to listeners in South Durham and Darlington


The latest local and national news as well as weather, sport, business and showbiz updates. Our daytime shows play music from the 1970’s to today while our presenters interact with listeners.


Our specialist music presenters host tailored shows for fans of Northern Soul, Blues, Rock, Punk and Ska, Country and more genres with new music, favourite songs and undiscovered artists.


At the weekends we focus on recreation, leisure and entertainment by bringing what’s happening in South Durham to our listeners. We also help listeners relax with love songs and the best of the 60’s and 70’s.

Musician on stage
Broadcasting from a Blues music festival