Media Watch – April 19

By on 19/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Aston Hall up for prestigious gongs (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Aston Hall is in line for two prestigious awards – less than a year after the completion of a £12.5million restoration project.

‘Big Brother’ CCTV posts spark outcry (Birmingham Mail) The sudden appearance of supersized lampposts containing big brother style surveillance cameras in a leafy Birmingham suburb has caused uproar.

Ground move talks back on (Birmingham Mail) Blues will not redevelop St Andrew’s until they have exhausted all other alternatives for a new ground. The new Chinese owners have opened talks with City Council chiefs about the possibility of moving out of St Andrew’s to a purpose-built stadium.

Birmingham poet laureate on Brum tour to back City of Culture bid (Birmingham Birmingham’s poet laureate Adrian Johnson is giving his support to the City of Culture bid by performing across the city in an attempt to get local people behind the campaign.

Firm pinning hopes on culture crown (Birmingham Mail) Businesses across the West Midlands have lent their support to Birmingham’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2013.

Dole queue misery could boost crime (Birmingham Mail) Soaring unemployment could trigger a fresh outbreak of gang violence in Birmingham as young men look to make money from drugs and crime. The chilling forecast is contained in the report of an inquiry into the effectiveness of a city council and police attempts to reduce violence on the streets.

225,000 public workers to be axed (Sunday Times) Article on public sector spending cuts references Birmingham City Council plans to shed 2,000 jobs.

Officials bid to lure Olympic teams to city (Sunday Mercury, PA News and several regional titles) Officials in Birmingham have stepped up efforts to attract more Olympic teams to the city in the run up to the 2012 games.

Ballroom star to help pupils strut (Times Educational Supplement) A world-famous ballroom dancer whose inspirational story was portrayed by Hollywood is teaching schoolchildren in Birmingham how to dance.

New housing programme is reaching for the stars (Public Birmingham’s collaborative housing transformation programme is improving the delivery of housing services in the region, write John Lines, cabinet member for housing, and Elaine Elkington, strategic director for housing and constituencies at the City Council.

Tackling racial harmony head on (Public Birmingham is a diverse city that has experienced its fair share of racial unrest - most famously in the Lozells riots 25 years ago. Cabinet member for equalities and HR Alan Rudge explains how the city is managing the issue.

Regional Headlines

Flight ban extended at Birmingham International Airport (BBC)
Birmingham International Airport remains closed as the ban on flights in English airspace extends into Tuesday.

Man charged with murder of girl, 6, in Birmingham fire (BBC)
A man has been charged with the murder of a six-year-old girl who died in a Birmingham house fire four years ago.

Killer gets 30 years for leaving man in blazing house (BBC)
A killer who tied up a man and left him to die in a burning house has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

UK plans volcano ash cloud chaos response
The UK’s emergency committee Cobra has met to discuss the ash cloud chaos, amid suggestions the Royal Navy could help ferry stranded Britons back home.

UK water use ‘worsening global crisis’ 
The amount of water used to produce food and goods imported to developed countries is worsening water shortages in the developing world, a report says.
UK economy to ‘languish in doldrums’, forecaster warns 
The UK economy will remain stuck in the doldrums this year with growth of 1% or less predicted in 2010, a leading forecaster has warned.

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