Media Watch (am) September 24

By on 24/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Biggest find of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver found in the Midlands (Significant national and local coverage): A metal detectorist discovers biggest haul of Anglo-Saxon artefacts in Staffordshire field. Dubbed the “Staffordshire Hoard” it contains five kilograms of gold and is to be displayed at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Live links to the Museum by broadcast media.

Council forced to borrow extra money to finish LG Arena refit (Birmingham Post, page 14): Record debt levels at Birmingham City Council set to get worse because cost of major refurbishment projects underestimated. Cabinet members are being asked to approve further £300,000 towards plugging funding gap for £28 million LG Arena at NEC.

Council looking for out-of-court solution to tree contract dispute (Birmingham Post, page 15): BCC lawyers negotiating out-of-court settlement over claims that tree maintenance contracts awarded improperly. !2 ground maintenance contracts worth £19.7 million under dispute. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Big response to initiative for city's future boost (Birmingham Post, page 20 and comment page 2): City officials analysing 1,900 responses for the Big City Plan which will shape the future of Birmingham over the next 20 years. Philip Singleton quoted - responses already highlight need to encourage more families to live in city centre so not just for “graduates and empty nesters”. Comment says BCC must demonstrate it is listening to views expressed - and move quickly to replace Clive Dutton.

Regional Headlines

Who's next in Tata's firing line? (The Birmingham Post, front page): Speculation that Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich assembly plant in Birmingham faces the axe under fresh wave of cost cuts.
BBC wounded documentary (BBC online, Phil Upton Radio WM): Documentary on BBC One last night following rehabilitation of two service men recovering at the military hospital in Selly Oak. Birmingham International Airport apparently has agreed to put up some kind of welcome tribute to returning soldiers.

West Midlands Police sees fall in complaints (Birmingham Post, page 19, BBC WM): Complaints made to police nationally up by eight per cent, but down in Birmingham by three per cent.

15-year-old killed  whilst shopping (BBC Online): Teenager from Hawkesley hit by a bus while out shopping with family

National Headlines

Trail HIV vaccine cuts infection
Stalled diplomacy between Britain and USA
Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found
Delay of Bloody Sunday enquiry

News Releases Issued
Pay by phone parking

Anglo-Saxon hoard interview

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