Media Watch – April 18

By on 18/04/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sparkhill Pool plans progressing (BBC WM) Assistant Director for Sport and Events, Steve Hollingworth, interviewed about the Sparkhill Pool tender process.

London 2012: Why are world’s athletes training in UK? (BBC) From Cameroonians in Aberdeenshire to the world’s most high profile sprinters in the Midlands, athletes are beating a path to the UK to train ahead of the 2012 Games. For host cities, the hope is that athletes will pack more than a pinch of Olympic stardust. The Jamaican and USA track and field teams will be worth about £20m to the Birmingham economy, the city council estimates.

Council evict tenant for assaulting ex (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham City Council tenant is being evicted from his local authority home after previously being convicted of violently assaulting his ex-wife.

Young demand answers in mayor debate (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham youngsters were in the thick of the debate as campaigners for and against an elected mayor clashed at a city centre campus.

Birmingham businesses get chance to quiz Vince Cable (Birmingham Post) Business leaders in Birmingham will have the opportunity to quiz Vince Cable when he visits the city on Thursday. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will be accompanied throughout the visit by Coun Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and leader of the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham.

100 days left until the Olympic games (ITV) There are just 100 days left until the Olympic games. To mark the countdown there will be events held across the Midlands. In Birmingham, one hundred sports volunteers will gather in Victoria Square, where they will create a large 100 symbol to mark the countdown.

Regional Headlines

One dead in salvage yard car fire
Police seal off a scrapyard in the West Midlands after a person is found dead following a car fire.

Bus firm seeking 1,700 employees
National Express West Midlands says it wants more young people and women to become bus drivers as it signs an agreement to fill 1,700 posts over three years.

National Headlines

Straw faces ‘rendition’ legal bid
A Libyan military commander is taking legal action against Jack Straw, to find out if the ex-foreign secretary signed papers allowing his rendition.

Tesco to spend £1bn on UK revamp
Tesco unveils details of a plan to invest £1bn to try to improve its UK business, as it announces a 5.3% rise in profits in the past financial year.

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