Media Watch – April 27

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

CAB saved by new funding (Birmingham Mail) Five Citizens’ Advice Bureaux Plans for £180m Birmingham university campus approved (BBC Online)  The first phase of a new £180m campus for a Birmingham university has been approved by the city council.

Council press offices need to embrace digital (Guardian) Local authorities are getting better at tackling the online revolution with Birmingham city council’s digital press room leading the way.

Community could have used unwanted play equipment – but the council trashed it (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of pounds worth of play equipment which residents planned to re-use in their community have been destroyed by Birmingham City Council because of ‘liability risks’. A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “When inspected, the vast majority of equipment was not suitable for re-use at other sites, which left no option but to dispose of it. Nothing that could be re-used by the council was destroyed. It would not have been practical or feasible for any of the equipment to be given to a third party because of the liability risks that this would have placed upon the council.”

Kids urged to click with art (Birmingham Mail) A new website, funded by Birmingham City Council and the Gallery 37 Foundation, has been launched to encourage young Brummies into art.

Best selling writer calls up for chat (Birmingham Mail) Best-selling author Katie Fforde has joined a unique Birmingham book group (Birmingham Libraries at Home) to discuss her latest novel with a party of pensioners.

Regional Headlines

Stolen TVs found in Wolverhampton double murder inquiry
Two flat-screen televisions stolen from a couple murdered in their Wolverhampton home have been found.

Aston Villa boss Houllier to leave hospital in days
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier will be released from hospital within the next three to four days, the club have confirmed.

Sculpture Wigan’s microscopic royal wedding tribute
A microscopic sculpture of Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton is on display in Birmingham.

National Headlines

UK economy grows by 0.5% in first quarter of 2011
The UK economy grew by 0.5% in the first three months of the year.

London 2012: Olympics tickets deadline expires
The deadline for buying Olympics tickets has expired, after organisers extended it by an hour due to a last-minute surge in demand.

‘Radical’ NHS shake-up may jeopardise patient care
The planned shake-up of the NHS in England that will put GPs in charge of buying in services could risk patient care, warns a group of influential MPs.

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