BBC Midlands Today is the regional news programme covering the West Midlands – including Birmingham, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of northern Gloucestershire. Previously, the programme also covered the East Midlands, however this area became a broadcasting region in its own right in 1991, and has since been covered by BBC East Midlands Today.
Midlands Today is now broadcast from The Mailbox in the centre of Birmingham, however between 1971 and 2004 it was broadcast – along with many other daytime networked programmes – from BBC Pebble Mill. Midlands Today has often been the chosen region for testing improvements to regional news provision for the rest of the UK, e.g. the ‘BBC Local TV’ ultra-local news service using the red button, and the 90 second BBC1 updates at 8pm. This is because the BBC English Regions office is at BBC Birmingham.
Presentation of BBC Midlands Today from 1983-1985.
A new look for BBC Midlands Today was launched in 1987.
A new look for BBC Midlands Today was launched in 1991.
A new look for BBC Midlands Today was launched in 1994. This look was updated in 1997 to adapt the new BBC logo.
A new look for BBC Midlands Today was launched in 1998.
BBC Midlands Today adopted the Lambie-Nairn 'maps' titles and graphics on 20 March 2000.
BBC Midlands Today updated its titles and graphics, along with most other BBC English regions, on 16 September 2002.
On 25 October 2004, after 33 years at Pebble Mill, BBC Midlands Today moved to its present home at The Mailbox.
BBC Midlands Today updated its titles and graphics again on 24 September 2007.
BBC Midlands Today refreshed its titles and graphics on 21 April 2008, coinciding with the relaunch of BBC News.
BBC Midlands Today unveiled a new set on 6 June 2012, much more closely aligned to the national set in London.
A new set for BBC Midlands Today was introduced on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017.