Media Watch – April 30

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Julie Walters backs City of Culture bid (BBC Midlands Today, Radio WM) http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9795

World-wide coverage for ballot (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council is to present live online coverage of this year’s local and general election, including live blogs, video footage and the results as they come on May 6 and 7. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9714

Municipal Journal Awards finalists announced . Birmingham City Council shortlisted for two awards. (Reducing Health Inequalities and People and Workforce Development)

Residents call for new tree (Birmingham Mail) Residents have handed a petition  to Birmingham City Council planning committee to get a developer to replace a protected tree which was chopped down.

Four cops sent to boat man (Birmingham Mail) Police were accused of ‘going over the top’ after sending four officers to confront a model boat enthusiast sailing his craft on a Birmingham lake. (BCC owned lake at Valley Parkway, Bournville)

Brum’s blooming lovel big heart (Birmingham Mail) Giant banners on top of the Central Library proclaim that Birmingham can become the country’s first city of culture in 2013. If the bid fails it won’t be for lack of effort from our brilliant gardeners who have really got the whole of the Midlands capital looking blooming lovely.

£15m return of the MAC (Birmingham Mail) After being closed for 25 months by a £15 million rebuilding programme, the MAC is set to reopen at 10am tomorrow.

Markets host May fair (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Bull Ring Markets will be hosting a traditional May Fair to celebrate May Day on Saturday. this will be the final official event for the current Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes.

Work on £100,000 skateboard track begins (Birmingham Mail) Work is set to begin on a £100,000 skateboard park (Perry Barr) to give bored teenagers in Birmingham something to do.

If it’s a bit of culture you’re after… (Birmingham Mail) Feature on things to do over the Bank Holiday weekend, featuring Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Barber Institute, Thinktank, Ikon Gallery and the award winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

Open sesame (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is opening its vast Museum Collections Centre to the public on May 3.

The high hurdles (Communicate Magazine) With audiences getting ever smaller and more niche, many media agencies (eg Birmingham City Council) are starting to embrace hyper-local models by taking blogging more seriously.

Level six homes for Birmingham tenants (Green Building Press) In Birmingham, work is due to start on the city’s first zero carbon homes as part of the final phase of building on the Nimmings Farm Estate, following the sale of land to West Mercia Homes Limited. 

Regional Headlines

Widespread coverage of final leaders’ debate.

Battle to get people in Ladywood to the ballot box 
Candidates in the Birmingham constituency of Ladywood fear their biggest battle may be persuading people to go out and vote.

Birmingham ticket holder wins £4.1m in lottery rollover 
The holder of a lottery ticket which won £4.1m in a triple rollover has come forward after two weeks.
 
Wolverhampton pensioners group running hustings 
Three parliamentary candidates are due to attend the third and final hustings meeting being run by a West Midlands pensioners group.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?cat=1170

RBS chief Sir Philip Hampton says bankers ‘overpaid’ 
The chairman of the part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has conceded that many bank employees earn too much.

Barclays sees big rise in profits
Barclays said there were signs the economic recovery had started High Street banking giant Barclays has reported a big rise in pre-tax profits for the first three months of 2010.

Sharp tax rises needed to cut deficit says think tank
The think tank’s growth projections are lower than the government’s Taxes must rise sharply over the next decade to bring down borrowing, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr).

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