Media Watch – April 1

By on 01/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of senior civil servant salaries across the UK (Daily Mail, Times, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)

Town hall’s troubled spell (Daily Express, Mirror, Telegraph, Star, Daily Record, Metro) Blundering Birmingham town hall chiefs have been left red-faced after misspelling the name of their own city.

Councillors give up £15k-a-year bonus (Birmingham Post) Four leading city councillors (Cllr Whitby, Cllr Tilsley, Cllr Bore, Cllr Summerfield) are to give up their right to a controversial £15,000-a-year allowance following pressure from backbench colleagues.

City of Culture bid latest (BBC Radio WM)  Jeremy Shields (BCC) interviewed by Ed Doolan.

BIA’s hoping for a happy landing (Birmingham Post) Birmingham International Airport’s campaign to market itself as Heathrow’s third runway could turn into a moneyspinner, but only if legal difficulties can be resolved and a way found to divert the A45.

Punch gives a blow to pub (Birmingham Mail) A pub landlord has vowed to fight on to save his much-loved local for the community after city planning chiefs reluctantly approved its demolition.

Fury as developer cuts cash (Birmingham Mail) The developers of a new housing estate on the former Longbridge MG Rover site have been told to stump up £500,000 – or they cannot start building work.

Canoe club: We’re sinking (Birmingham Mail) A swimming and canoeing club which has been running for 20 years is in danger of capsizing because the school pool (North Birmingham Academy) it uses is being closed to the public.

Britain’s gone to pot (Sun) Investigation into potholes on Britain’s roads following the harsh winter – featuring cycle rides through various cities, including Birmingham.

Cube square peg in round funding hole (Birmingham Post) The administrators of the iconic Cube development in Birmingham city centre have praised those behind the scheme for their ‘co-operation and support’ under the most trying of circumstances.

City restaurant asks diners to chip in for the Hoard (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s Opus Restaurant is urging diners to chip in towards the extra £1.7million needed to ensure the Staffordshire Hoard is properly conserved when it comes to the Midlands.

Prix fix for motorsport (Birmingham Post) The Birmingham Super Prix could provide the model for a new generation of street racing tournaments, after a Commons inquiry called for more domestic competitions to support the motorsport industry.

Regional Headlines

Study into resistant Midlands superbugs 
Scientists in Birmingham are about to begin a study across the Midlands into superbugs that are becoming resistant to traditional antibiotics.

Heart of England hospitals admitted into quality plan 
Heart of England hospitals have been granted a licence to operate in a new quality scheme – but with conditions.

MG Rover staff still waiting for payout 
Creditors and former staff of MG Rover could have to wait for another 12 months before receiving any money owed to them, the BBC has learned.

West Midlands school cancels play targeting extremism 
A play about extremism and homophobia that tours areas where support for the British Nationalist Party (BNP) has risen has been cancelled by a school.

National Headlines

Business leaders back Conservative tax pledge 
Bosses of some of the UK’s biggest firms have backed Conservative plans to axe part of Labour’s planned National Insurance rise if they win power.
Train stranded as wintry weather persists 
Dozens of train passengers have been rescued from a snowdrift and thousands of homes remain without power after heavy snow hit parts of the UK.

Mobile phone charges to fall after Ofcom ruling 
Callers to UK mobile phones could see cheaper bills from 2011 after a ruling by telecoms regulator Ofcom.

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