UCB History | United Christian Broadcasters
The UCB Story

1986

UCB IS TOLD THAT A NATIONAL CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION IS NOT POSSIBLE DUE TO EXISTING BROADCASTING LAWS

 

UCB’s founder, Ian Mackie, receives two promises from God: 

1. The UK needed, and would have, a national Christian radio station.

2. A big move of God was coming to the UK. 

 

1987

Manx Radio studios

 

UCB introduces a broadcasting service from Manx Radio studios on the Isle of Man.

 

1991
Bob Gass

 

UCB meets Bob Gass and a special ministry partnership begins.

 

1993

After campaigning, the broadcasting law was changed, enabling UCB to be heard via a satellite TV channel.

  

1994
First edition of The UCB Word For Today

 

The first edition of the UCB Word For Today, written by Bob and Debby Gass, is published and 3,500 copies are distributed for free.

 

1995
UCB Prayerline

 

UCB Prayerline is introduced.

 

2003

Word For You – the young adults’ version of the UCB Word For Today – is launched.

 

2006

UCB radio begins broadcasting on regional DAB in the London area and four other areas of the UK.

 

2007

UCB begins a strategic alliance with OneHope, distributing Bible literature to children and youth across the UK.

 

2009

UCB UK - Christian radio for the whole family

The first promise is fulfilled. UCB UK (Now UCB 1) begins broadcasting nationally on DAB radio. 

 

2014

UCB begins a partnership with Freeview TV channel TBN UK.

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UCB Player App

UCB Player app is launched providing inspiring videos, podcasts and devotional content.

 

2016

30 years of ministry logo

Thanks to God’s faithfulness through our supporters UCB celebrates 30 years of ministry.

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UCB 2

A second radio station, UCB 2, expands onto national DAB radio​.

 

2019

25th anniversary of the UCB Word For Today

 

The 25th anniversary of the UCB Word For Today, distributed to over 400,000 readers in print or on digital platforms.

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Bob Gass is ‘promoted to glory’ but leaves a legacy of unpublished devotional content that would last for many years to come.

 

2020

i SEE.

iSee – a prophetic vision for the future – is launched.

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The 25th anniversary of the UCB Prayerline.

 

2030

This story continues…