Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail
TypeDaily newspaper (Except Sundays)
Owner(s)Reach plc
EditorGraeme Brown
Founded1870 (as Birmingham Daily Mail)
CountryEngland, UK
Circulation5,074 (as of 2023)[1]

The Birmingham Mail (branded the Black Country Mail in the Black Country) is a tabloid newspaper based in Birmingham, England, but distributed around Birmingham, the Black Country, and Solihull and parts of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.


The newspaper was founded as the Birmingham Daily Mail in 1870,[2] in April 1963 it became known as the Birmingham Evening Mail and Despatch after merging with the Birmingham Evening Despatch[3] and was titled the Birmingham Evening Mail from 1967 until October 2005.[4] The Mail is published Monday to Saturday. The Sunday Mercury is a sister paper published on a Sunday.[5]

The newspaper is owned by Reach plc,[6] who also own the Daily Mirror[7] and the Birmingham Post,[8] the weekly business tabloid sold in the Birmingham area.


In 2018, the Birmingham Mail rebranded its online presence, including its website and app, as Birmingham Live.[9]

In 2023, BirminghamLive won in the communities and campaigning categories of the Regional Press Awards.

In 2024, BirminghamLive became the largest regional publisher in the UK with 11 million monthly visitors.[10]

Editorial roles

The current Birmingham Mail editor is Graeme Brown,[11] who is also editor-in-chief of the Birmingham Post, the Sunday Mercury, and their sister website BirminghamLive.[12] A former editor is Marc Reeves,[13] and another previous editor of the newspaper was David Brookes,[14] who held the role from 2009 until 2014.


  1. ^ "Birmingham Mail". Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). 26 January 2024. Retrieved 2 March 2024.
  2. ^ "The Birmingham daily mail". Copac. JISC. Archived from the original on 7 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Another Newspaper Merged". The Guardian. 9 April 1963. p. 18. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Trinity Mirror in major overhaul of Birmingham Mail". Campaign. 3 October 2005. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Sunday Mercury wins newspaper of the year". Press Gazette. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ "About Us". BirminghamLive. Reach plc. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Our Newsbrands". Reach plc. Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  8. ^ "About Us". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ Brown, Graeme (12 March 2018). "What is Birmingham Live? A new home of news and sport in our city". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 30 May 2024.
  10. ^ Maher, Bron (14 May 2024). "How Birmingham Live became the biggest online local newsbrand in Britain". Press Gazette. Retrieved 30 May 2024.
  11. ^ "A letter from the editor of the Birmingham Mail". 28 December 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Birmingham Live - Birmingham news, features, information and sport". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  13. ^ "Marc Reeves". Birmingham Press Club. Archived from the original on 7 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  14. ^ Linford, Paul (20 November 2014). "Reeves takes charge in new Trinity Mirror restructure". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 6 July 2018.