Media Watch – April 13

By on 13/04/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham transport scheme gets £15.7m boost (BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central, BBC WM) A road improvement scheme which would allow the runway at Birmingham Airport to be extended has been awarded £15.7m. Leader of the Council Mike Whitby interviewed by ITV Central. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/04/leader-welcomes-regional-growth-fund-announcement/

Tesco plan may crush our traders (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net)
Tesco has signed a controversial multi-million pound deal to build a new store in Birmingham.

Councils rapped for data deadline lapses (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net, Independent, BBC, Public Service) Bosses at Birmingham City Council have been rapped for failing to respond to requests for information on time. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/04/freedom-of-information-foi-responses/

Inner-city school plan welcomed (Birmingham Mail)
A new school building will transform an inner-city estate, according to Birmingham’s planning chief.

Airport runway in the spotlight (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Airport’s long-awaited runway extension is to come under a key spotlight next month – with more than £15 million of crucial funding now in the bag.

Reprieve for Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau (Third Sector) Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau appears to have been given a reprieve after Birmingham City Council indicated it had changed its mind on interim funding.

Mayor swings into concert (Birmingham Mail) The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham will be special guests at a swing concert in Birmingham tonight.

ICICI moves its base to Handsworth (Insider Media) ICICI Bank UK has relocated its Birmingham operation from Colmore Row to Handsworth. It says the move will bring it closer to Indian businesses, savers and investors. Its new branch in Soho Road was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby and C Gururaj Rao, consul general of India.

Regional Headlines

MG cars roll off Longbridge production line
The first new MG for 16 years will roll off the production line in Longbridge later.

Inquest opened into the death of Birmingham man who died days after he was arrested and sectioned
The family of a Birmingham man who died in police custody contested the date of his death at the opening of his inquest yesterday.

National Headlines

Libya contact group to meet in Qatar
International delegates are set to hold talks in Qatar on the conflict in Libya, amid calls for Nato to intensify its campaign there.

Type 2 diabetes ‘cut’ after weight-loss surgery

The UK’s first large-scale study on the impact of weight-loss surgery has reported a large reduction in type 2 diabetes and other health problems.

Lansley faces confidence vote by nurses

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is facing a confidence vote from nurses in reaction to his planned changes for the NHS in England.

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