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BBC Birmingham: TV, Radio, Online and the Public Space
The Mailbox
BBC Birmingham is the BBC's main network centre in the Midlands

The BBC in Birmingham moved from Pebble Mill to the Mailbox in 2004.

It is home to national and regional TV programmes, radio, online and has a Public Space.

The BBC in Birmingham was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne on Thursday, 9 September 2004.

Official tours around BBC Birmingham are now offered and have proved popular, giving people an insight into the workings of the BBC.

Network TV

Television drama, factual programmes and documentaries are produced in Birmingham. Programmes include Countryfile and Coast, Trawlermen, Gardeners' World, Hairy Bikers, Chelsea Flower Show, and To Buy or Not to Buy, to name but a few. See Hear is now also based in Birmingham.

Regional TV

• Midlands Today is the regional news programme for the West Midlands. It covers Birmingham and the greater West Midlands. The programme is presented by Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee every Monday to Friday at 6.30pm. There are also news bulletins throughout the day.

• Inside Out is a regional magazine programme bringing viewers surprising stories from familiar places and is presented by Mary Rhodes. The programme goes out on a Monday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

• The Politics Show is aired at 12.30pm every Sunday on BBC One. It's an analysis of the biggest political stories in the UK and the Midlands.

• Late Kick Off is a football programme focusing on the Midlands' Football League clubs, with a round up of the weekend's action, behind the scenes reports and classic archive. Presented by Manish Bhasin, the show goes out on a Monday night at 11.35pm on BBC One.

Local Radio

BBC WM is the BBC local radio station for the West Midlands, broadcasting on 95.6 FM, to Birmingham, the Black Country, South Staffs and parts of Worcestershire.

It's home to such presenters as Phil Upton, Ed Doolan, Joanne Malin and Paul Franks.

Network Radio

BBC Birmingham produces The Archers, BBC Big Band, as well as programmes and dramas for Radio 4 and shows for the Asian Network. Birmingham produces a third of Radio 2's output as well as programmes for Radio Five Live.


England News & Sport, the BBC Birmingham and Black Country websites, travel news and Video Nation websites are just some of the New Media output from Birmingham.

Drama Village

The Drama Village is based on the campus of the University of Birmingham. From here the daytime television drama Doctors is produced.

The Public Space

BBC Birmingham's Public Space is situated in The Mailbox. The space is open to the public seven days a week, Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm.

'Be on TV' is upstairs in the Public Space. It's where you can have a go at presenting a news or weather bulletin while your friends and family watch you live on the TV screen. Later on watch your video on this website using the special code you were given after you recorded your bulletin.


Tours around BBC Birmingham are available, but need to be booked in advance. For full details check the BBC Birmingham Tours page.

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