Media Watch – April 23

By on 23/04/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Library protests as users vent fury at opening hours (Birmingham Post and BBC WM): Coverage of the first week of the Library of Birmingham’s new opening hours.

City bids for ‘European Capital of Running’ (Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail): Report that the council is bidding to become European Capital of Running pledging to get 5,000 people running and host a major European Cities 10k event.

Interim education boss was Trojan Horse fixer (Birmingham Post): Report on Colin Diamond taking over the reins from Sally Taylor, who is resigning her post as director of education, highlights his previous role as deputy education commissioner for Birmingham.

Creating ‘families of schools’ to prevent another Trojan Horse (Birmingham Mail): In-depth interview with Tim Boyes, head of Queensbridge School in Moseley and chairman of Birmingham Education Partnership – part of series of features on Trojan Horse schools.

Tributes for former city Lord Mayor and Tolkien expert (Birmingham Post):  Reaction to the recent death of former Lord Mayor Michael Wilkes, who died last Friday.

Travellers defiant after invading beauty spot (Birmingham Mail):  Report states around 20 traveller caravans have moved onto Woodgate Valley Park, raising fears the nature reserve will be damaged by the encampment.

I was lured into world of booze and drugs, then gang raped at 15 (Birmingham Mail): In-depth feature focusing on a victim’s experiences after being groomed and abused in a Birmingham hotel. References council and West Midlands Police figures for child sexual exploitation in the region.

Work continues on Grand Central development (Central News):  Feature focusing on progressing works on the site, references the rail station and John Lewis, using time-lapse footage.

Safety measures at killer road junction is given green light (Birmingham Mail): New traffic lights are installed after a number of accidents and a death at the junction of Shenley Lane, Long Nuke Road and Gregory Avenue in Shenley.

Regional headlines

New police figures reveal more than 140 children in the West Midlands have been caught with drugs on school premises, including cannabis and cocaine, between 2011 and 2014.

More than 500 motorway speeders caught in police operation across the wider West Midlands, including 67 drivers who were caught driving faster than 100mph.

National headlines

Exercise is not the key to tackling obesity according to a report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: instead doctors say public health messages should focus on unhealthy eating.

Parents of Teddy Houlston, who died only 100 minutes after he was born, said he ‘died a hero’ after he became Britain’s youngest organ donor after his kidneys helped save the life of a patient with renal failure.

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