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About Us

Letter from the Editor

BirminghamLive is the digital channel of the Birmingham Mail - the respected brand bringing news, sport and features to Birmingham and the wider region for150 years.

Throughout its history, the Birmingham Mail has been first with the news to the West Midlands, has campaigned on a range of issues for the people in the second-largest conurbation in the UK.

We are committed to reporting the news accurately - with energy and vigour.

Birmingham Live is known for standing up for its communities. Our Justice for the 21 Campaign, which demands the families of victims of a pub bombing get a fair hearing, has won multiple national accolades- most recently in the British Journalism Awards. In recent times, the title has successfully campaigned for the city to take in more refugees from war-torn Syria, to bring the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the city and for a living wage for its inhabitants.

BirminghamLive does not have a political leaning - we represent the people of Birmingham, and the wider conurbation, free from any bias.

We are also the go-to source for fans of football clubs Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.

Our mission is to inform, entertain, reflect and stand up for our readers, using new digital opportunities to constantly improve our offer. We seek to challenge wrongs where we see them, stand up for the underdog against authority and be a friendly face.

We are delighted to be a launch partner of The Trust Project as we endeavour to make it simpler for readers of all ages and from all around the world to discover more about who we are and what we believe in.

How our journalists work

Ethics policy

The maintenance of high editorial standards is at the core of BirminghamLive's business philosophy.

Reach PLC, BirminghamLive's parent company, is a member of and is regulated by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Our journalists work according to The Editors’ Code of Practice, which sets the benchmark for ethical standards in journalism and is enforced by IPSO. On joining the Mail, all editorial staff complete a training course about the Code and regularly undergo legal refresher training.

At BirminghamLive, we recognise that protecting the rights of the individual consistently comes into conflict with the public’s right to know. This means we have to make difficult judgements, sometimes quickly, which are impossible to get right all of the time. Regular bulletins and seminars give staff the best opportunity to learn from mistakes, whether our own or those of other parts of the media industry.

We are a launch partner of The Trust Project, an international initiative to make it easier for readers to find out more about the organisations and the people providing them with news, and to support quality journalism.

Verification and fact checking

We expect our staff to use their best endeavours to verify the stories being put forward for publication.

Unnamed sources

Journalists have an obligation under IPSO’s Editors’ Code of Practice to protect their sources, but we also have a duty to establish that the sources we use are reliable and that material has been appropriately obtained. Story provenance is ultimately the responsibility of the Editor.

When using unnamed sources, the company relies on the integrity, experience and professionalism of its staff.

Our awards and successes

The recent Midland Media Awards, covering our region, were dominated by our group -with nine out of 16 being handed to Reach Plc titles.

But BirminghamLive routinely wins national awards for its journalism, including campaign of the year at the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards 2017 and five awards from the British Journalism Awards, run by the Press Gazette, in the last three years.

Corrections Policy

If you believe a story we have published is inaccurate, please contact the editorial team. You can:

Once verified, we will correct the story on the website as soon as possible. Where appropriate, the fact a correction has been made will be noted on the story and/or on the corrections and clarifications page.

If you have an issue about how the BirminghamLive or any of our print titles has written about you personally or has treated you and wish to make a formal complaint over a potential breach of the Editor's Code of Practice, please see Reach Complaints Policy and Procedure.

You can also contact IPSO for advice.

Tell us what you think

There are many ways for you to get in touch with us to have your say.

Our People

Editor in chief: Graeme Brown

Deputy Executive Editor: Sarah Probert

Regional Managing Director: Sarah Pullen

Our Business

BirminghamLive is part of the Reach PLC group. Reach PLC is Britain’s largest newspaper, magazine and digital publisher, with a print and online portfolio reaching 38.6million people every month. The award-winning publications stretch across England, Scotland and Wales, with more than 150 newspaper titles and more than 80 websites. These iconic brands sit at the heart of their communities, forming part of the fabric of everyday life for thousands of people across the UK. Find out which of our regional titles is nearest you, whether online or in print.

Reach PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is part of the FTSE SmallCap Index.

birminghamlive.co.uk does not have a paywall and is available free to readers both on the web and as an app. As such, you are kindly asked to whitelist birminghamlive.co.uk if you are running an ad-blocker.

In addition to newspaper sale price, our titles are funded by advertising, partnerships, sponsorships and affiliate commission, which are regulated by the ASA.

Diversity Policy

The Company is committed to increasing the service quality, profitability and efficiency of the Company by attracting and recruiting the people who are best suited to meet the standards for the role and the Company without regard to race, creed, colour, nationality (subject to legal eligibility), ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sex change, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.

We pursue a policy of equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.

Equal Opportunities

The Reach Plc Group continued its commitment to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices to ensure we attract and retain the best people. In 2016, both the number of women within the Group and the number of women occupying senior managerial roles increased to 42% of staff (2015: 37%) and 31% (2015: 24%) respectively. Senior managers have responsibility for key businesses or functions within the Group.