Local media contacts

Media contacts in Brighton and Hove that are particularly useful for community groups.

If you notice anything is incorrect, please contact us.

For advice about ways to get your story covered by the media, see Writing a News Release. For advice about giving an interview, see Radio and TV interviews.

Newspapers and websites

Brighton and Hove News

This is a local news website which covers a lot of local community stories. The website has over 100,000 visitors per month.

Contact Jo on 01273 530 829 
brightonandhovenews@gmail.com
www.brightonandhovenews.org/contact
@bhcitynews 
www.facebook.com/brightonandhovenews

Brighton and Hove Independent

This is a free weekly newspaper and a website. They also cover quite a few stories about what local groups and organisations are up to. Their paper version is read by around 19,000 people per week.

Suite 225,
Regency House,
91 Western Road,
Brighton,
BN1 2NW
 01273 358889
news@brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk
brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/contact/
@BrightonIndy

Argus

The Argus is the local daily paper. They reach nearly 120,000 people. However, they  get a lot of information sent to them, so it isn’t always easy to get covered. They will be more likely to cover your story if they have a good photo and an interview with somebody who is involved, so try to give them plenty of notice so that this can be arranged if they are interested.

The Argus
Argus House,
Crowhurst Road,
Hollingbury,
Brighton BN1 8AR
01273 544 544 
news@theargus.co.uk

Contact one of their general reporters. If you have luck with one, try to keep them informed of your activities in future, as they may be interested in covering your activities again.

All the contact details of Argus editors and reporters are on their website.

Giving Times

Online newspaper reporting on charity and social enterprise news stories in the Brighton and Hove area.

www.givingtimes.co.uk
Send your stories to news@givingtimes.co.uk or complete the form on their website.
01273 608455
Unit 24, 6th Floor
New England House
New England Street
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 4GH

Local community newsletters

If your event or news is relevant to residents of a particular neighbourhood, or a particular interest group, it’s worth finding out whether there is a local community newsletter produced in the area, and contacting the people who publish it. If you don’t live in the local area, you could check community centres, hairdressers, coffee shops or other local businesses to check if such a publication exists. Some newsletters are sent out only to their members so may not be available to the general public. Try doing an internet search.

Radio

BBC Sussex

A good way of letting BBC Sussex know about an upcoming event is to pop in and drop off a flier or poster to their office on Queens Road. You can also write to them by post or email, or call them.

BBC Sussex
Broadcasting House
Queens Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 3XB
01273 320428
sussex@bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-12835872

Juice FM

Juice FM have an initiative called Spirit of the City which you can use to to promote local community events on their website and radio station..

To promote an event,  submit details online: http://www.juicebrighton.com/community/

Radio Reverb

Radio Reverb is a community radio station, so it is especially for use by local communities.

Their show In Brighton Friday specifically promotes local community events, especially artistic of fundraising events.

They also have specific shows for different communities of interest, including an LGBT show, a trans show and a refugee show.

A full list of their community / speech based shows is on their website.

www.radioreverb.com/contact-us
RadioReverb,
The Ironworks,
30 Cheapside,
Brighton
BN1 4GD. 

Radio Free Brighton

This is another local community radio station, run by volunteers. Have a look at their schedule – your activity or event might fit into the theme one of their shows.

jaki.chase@gmail.com
radiofreebrighton.org.uk/
@RadioFBrighton

Television

It’s quite hard to get community activities featured on television. Unlike local radio stations, local news programmes generally only have 30 minutes airtime a day, so they are very selective. They will only feature things that are very “newsworthy”. So they might occasionally like an unusual good news story about a successful community achievement (e.g. opening a new community garden), but are unlikely to be interested in something which is quite everyday, such as a fundraising event.

If you are running a campaign, you will be much more likely to get on TV if you time an action or event to coincide with something relevant that is already happening and making it into the news.

BBC South

Covers the area from Brighton and Hove, across to eastern Dorset and up to Oxfordshire.

BBC South Today
Broadcasting House
Havelock Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7PU
 02380 226201
south.today@bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5JbckQ6mkS1wX7vzvG2TD9t/contact-us
facebook.com/BBCSouthToday
@BBCSouthNews

BBC South East

Covers East Sussex and Kent

BBC South East Today
The Great Hall
Mount Pleasant Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1QQ
01892 675580
southeasttoday@bbc.co.uk 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1c26xkfQZXQYMkWVrvcxHDN/contact-us
facebook.com/BBCSouthEastToday
@bbcsoutheast

Meridian News (ITV)

This is ITV’s news programme for the South East.

Newsdesk: 0808 1010 095
www.itv.com/news/meridian
meridiantonight@itv.com
@itvnewsmeridian

News distribution services

Pressat

Pressat is a news distribution service which provides free national news distribution service for charities. Register online, and they will circulate your press releases to thousands of journalists and newsdesks.

http://www.pressat.co.uk/free-news-distribution-for-charities-and-non-profits/

Relevant Now

Relevant Now is a news distribution service which provides free national news distribution service for charities and charitable projects. Register online, and they will circulate your press releases to thousands of journalists and newsdesks.

https://www.relevantnow.com/ 

Listings

These are websites and magazines which list upcoming events in Brighton and Hove. There are lots of them – the best way to find them is to type “Brighton Hove listings” into a search engine.

Here are a few:

What’s on in Brighton

whatson.brighton.co.uk

You can submit your event details using a form on their website.

Visit Brighton

www.visitbrighton.com/event-submission

You can submit your event details using a form on their website. You must include an image, or they won’t list it.

We Love Brighton

www.welovebrighton.com/contribute/
To submit an event, send a press release to info@welovebrighton.com

Community Works Events Calendar

Community Works have a calendar on their website where you can publicise upcoming community events.

bhcommunityworks.org.uk/community-events/
01273 234023

Updated January 2017