Sutton Coldfield Observer

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The Sutton Coldfield Observer is a free local newspaper serving the residents of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, England. Launched in 1985, it replaced the shirt-lived Sutton Coldfield Times newspaper. The group editor is Gary Phelps and the sports editor is Michael Beardmore.

In June 2014 the newspaper was officially renamed the royal Sutton Coldfield Observer to celebrate the success of its long-running campaign to reaffirm the town's ancient Royal status, which was first granted by King Henry VIII but had fallen out of use. The campaign's success was confirmed in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons by cabinet minister Greg Clark on June 23, 2014.

The weekly newspaper reports on local issues and achievements and provides a section on properties for sale in the area. The paper also includes a weekly leisure guide.

In 2004, the Sutton Coldfield Observer launched the Great Midlands Fun Run, which has raised more than £1million for local charities.

The newspaper is delivered to more than 50,000 homes, boasts a weekly readership of almost 100,000 and also has a website,

The Observer is part of Central Independent News and Media, which also publishes the Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury, Walsall Advertiser, Great Barr Observer and Journal magazine.

In 2012, Local World acquired owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[1]


The Sutton Coldfield Observer has received many British journalism awards:

  • Newspaper Society Free Newspaper of the Year
  • Newspaper Society News Journalist of the Year (three times)
  • Newspaper Society Feature Journalist of the Year (twice)
  • Midlands Media Awards News Journalist of the Year
  • Newspaper Society Free Weekly Photographer of the Year
  • Newspaper Society Campaign of the Year


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