Level 7, The Mailbox, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1RF

BBC Birmingham is one of the oldest regional arms of the BBC. BBC Birmingham is located in the city centre inside The Mailbox, just off Queensway.

Birmingham was the first region outside London to broadcast the corporation’s radio and television transmissions. Television is broadcast from the Sutton Coldfield television transmitter. For many years, BBC Birmingham was based at the Pebble Mill Studios. However, it moved in 2004 to the brand-new Mailbox facility in Birmingham city centre.

BBC Midlands is also housed in the Mailbox and should not be confused with BBC Birmingham. BBC Birmingham is the name of the Network Productions Centre that makes TV and radio programmes. BBC Midlands is a regional operation, like BBC South. It provides news, current affairs and other regional programmes.

BBC Birmingham tours

Visitors to Birmingham can visit BBC Birmingham and enjoy a tour. A tour at BBC Birmingham offers visitors young and old the exclusive chance to gain access to the rarely seen world behind the scenes of some of your favourite shows.

Get behind the scenes of TV and radio studios, including Midlands Today and BBC WM. If you are lucky, you can see a recording of the longest running soap opera in the world: The Archers.

You will learn about the award-winning BBC Three, discover what it takes to put together high-quality news bulletins every day and how BBC radio drama is made. You can even have a go at making your very own radio play which you can take away with you as a memento of your visit.

So, if you love TV, or have an interest in how TV and radio is made, take the time to visit BBC Birmingham. It is a great day out right in the heart of the city.