Branch FM

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Branch FM
Branch FM logo.png
Broadcast area Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Frequency 101.8 FM
First air date May 2007
Format Christian
Language(s) English
Webcast Web stream

Branch FM is a community radio station based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England, which has operated since May 2007.[1] It broadcasts on the 101.8 FM frequency, in the West Yorkshire, area on an OFCOM licence until 2017.[2] It was one of the first Christian radio stations to be given a broadcast licence in the UK.[3]

The station's OFCOM licence commits it to:

  • Typical output of 75% music, 25% speech
  • Predominantly Christian Contemporary Music
  • Speech output to include news, weather, travel, Ministry teaching, drama, interviews, lifestyle features and studio discussion
  • Broadcast in English
  • Live output for at least 7 hours a day
  • Majority locally produced

The station is also expected to provide training, encourage volunteering and deliver other social gains to the local community.[4]

Whilst the audience of the station is assumed to be mostly Christian, the management of the station have been quoted as saying that they feel it should be seeking to "wholeheartedly support" non-Christians doing good things in the community.[3]

The radio station output is volunteer led[5] and features interviews with prominent local church leaders.[6]

According to the station's 2014 return to the Charity Commission, the UK regulator of charities, Branch FM had a turnover of about £13,000.[7]


  1. ^ "New gospel radio station to hit the airwaves". Yorkshire Post. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Branch FM licence details". OFCOM. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Cooper, M; Macaulay, K (2015). "Contemporary Christian radio in Britain: A new genre on the national dial" (PDF). The Radio Journal – International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media. 1+2 (13): 75–87. 
  4. ^ "Branch FM - Community radio licence: key commitments" (PDF). OFCOM. March 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Successful seven years for radio". Dewsbury Reporter. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "In the Beginning". The Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Charity # 1120585 - BRANCH FM". Charity Commission. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 

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