It was published by BPM Media, part of Trinity Mirror Midlands, as a companion to their paid-for daily tabloid the Birmingham Mail. It had no website of its own; its web presence was through the Mail‘s website. Likewise, it shared editorial offices with the Mail and BPM’s paid-for weekly, the Birmingham Post at Fort Dunlop.
It was founded in 1984 as the Daily News, Europe’s first daily freesheet newspaper and relaunched as the Metro News in 1991. It became The Birmingham News in June 2007 and went “ultra-local” in November of that year with seven editions, which however were soon cut to four. It changed its name to the Birmingham Mail Extra in early 2008, but reverted to the Birmingham News name in September 2011. The editions for the North East and North West of Birmingham ceased publication in late 2008, and the South East edition was withdrawn in late 2010, leaving the former South West edition to bear the title on its own.
It came out on Thursdays. It ceased publication in 2013.