Media Watch – April 12

By on 12/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

MPs push for culture title (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) MPs from across the Midlands have signed up to a House of Commons motion backing Birmingham’s City of Culture bid.

Continued coverage of how the UK City of Culture crown would provide a major boost for tourism in Birmingham.

Brum dance star back to help kids (Birmingham Mail) A world famous ballroom dancer (Pierre Dulaine) whose story was portrayed by Hollywood heartthrob Antonio Banderas has returned to his home city of Birmingham to teach children a few steps.

‘Fake’ Asian gold seized (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Consumer watchdogs have seized thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from Birmingham shops over fears they were fakes being passed off as real gold to unsuspecting Asian families.

Dodd’s tickled pink over culture bid (Birmingham Mail) Veteran comedian Ken Dodd has thrown his weight behind Birmingham’s City of Culture 2013 bid.

Birmingham: The Midlands city supporting community cohesion (The Voice) Profile of Cllr Allan Rudge’s work to build strong communities in Birmingham.

Staffordshire Hoard location revealed (Sunday Telegraph) Feature on tonight’s C4 documentary about the discovery of the Hoard.

The Titan primaries (Daily Mail) Super-sized primary schools with huge five-form entries are planned to cope with soaring birth rates. Local authorities, including Birmingham, are looking at admitting up to 150 reception year pupils top cope with a leap in admissions.

Petition for flights to India (Asian Voice) A 20,000 signature petition demanding direct flights be reinstated between Birmingham and Delhi is to be presented to aviation chiefs in India.

Sarehole Mill profiled in Times feature on UK days out with the kids ‘that won’t cost a penny’.

Regional Headlines

Man, 19, arrested in Acocks Green murder inquiry (BBC)
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a 40-year-old man in Birmingham.

Smethwick man charged with wife’s murder  (BBC)
A 74-year-old man has been charged with murdering his wife in the Black Country.

Faith forum warning over Muslim call not to vote  (BBC)
A member of the West Midlands Faith Forum has warned Muslims against flyers distributed outside mosques after Friday prayers urging them not to vote.

‘Cadbury’s law’ to be in Labour election manifesto  (BBC)
Labour’s election manifesto will include plans to restrict takeovers of British firms on public interest grounds, the BBC has learned.It follows the controversial takeover of Cadbury by US food giant Kraft.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Car bomb explodes near Northern Ireland MI5 base 
A car bomb has exploded near an Army base in Holywood, County Down, forcing the evacuation of several homes.
NHS chiefs’ pay rises ‘double those of nurses’ 
Top managers in England’s NHS trusts received average pay rises of nearly 7% in 2008-09, compared with less than 3% granted to nurses, a report says.

Rail dispute talks resume between RMT and Network Rail 
Negotiations to resolve disputes between rail maintenance workers and Network Rail will resume later.

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