Media Watch – 17th Nov (am)

By on 17/11/2009 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council stories:

Christmas Light abandonment (BBC WM, Midlands Today, Central New, Sky News, Birmingham Post and Mail, various regionals elsewhere in country)

Continued coverage across multiple national, regional and local media on Saturday's abandoned event, various mention a press conference later today and say Birmingham City Council has admitted mistakes in the management of the event.

Government to reject Listing (Birmingham Post Online)
Margaret Hodge is expected to reject calls for central library to listed over the next couple of days - paving the way for BCC to redevelop Paradise Forum site.

Sir Ian McKellen visits Birmingham School (Birmingham Post Online)
Sir Ian McKellen visits Perry Beeches Secondary as part of Stonewall campaign to educate young people on issues such as homophobic bullying.

Library cuts to balance books (The Stirrer)
Library closures said to be under consideration, plus a 50% cut in book budgets as part of Birmingham Council's financial review - as revealed to constituencies this week.

Regional Headlines:

Man charged in Birmingham taxi driver murder investigation

 JLR gets new five-year £170 million loan from GE Capital

National Headlines

Brown plans Afghan handover talks

 Dementia patient care criticised

 Tory candidate in Norfolk fights off de-selection

 £50 million revamp for 10 mainline train stations - mainly in North West

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