Media Watch – April 20

By on 20/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham schoolchildren and teachers stranded abroad (Birmingham Post.net) Fifty seven children and eight teachers have missed the start of the summer term after being stranded in America on a school trip. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9389

European Gymnastics Championships to go ahead after athletes beat flights ban (BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham Post.net) Sporting rivalries are being set aside as competitors battle against the flights ban in an attempt to reach Birmingham in time for the European Gymnastics Championships at the NIA. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9390

£32m Birmingham Airport road scheme gets city council backing (Birmingham Post.net) Plans for a £32million civersion of the A45 to allow Birmingham International Airport’s runway extension to be built have won council backing.

Mansion shortlisted for two awards (ITV Central, PA News and several regional titles) Aston Hall is in line for two prestigious awards – less than a year after the completion of a £12.5million restoration project. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9293

Officials bid to lure Olympic teams to city (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. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9275

Birmingham artists urged to join 24-hour blog in City of Culture bid (Birmingham Post.net) The team behind the Birmingham bid for the City of Culture title has launched a 24-hour blog urging artists to provide a snapshot of their creative life in the city. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9324

Oldbury business gets behind Birmingham City of Culture bid (Birmingham Post.net) Businesses across the West Midlands have lent their support to Birmingham’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2013. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9263

Regional Headlines

Birmingham Airport looking to reopen later  (BBC)
Birmingham Airport will remain closed until at least 1300 BST as uncertainty over a new ash cloud remains.

Labour’s ‘votes for paedophiles’ leaflet sparks row  (BBC)
A Labour candidate is embroiled in a row with the Liberal Democrats after suggesting they would give convicted murderers and paedophiles the vote.

Wolverhampton hospice in £1m funding appeal (BBC)
A hospice in the West Midlands has started a campaign to raise £1m to fund improvements to patient care.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?cat=1170

Some UK flights resume after volcanic ash disruption 
Some domestic flights are taking off in the UK, as airports begin to reopen after five days without flights because of the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland.

Public to have say on organ donation incentives 
Cash incentives and the payment of funeral expenses are two ideas being put forward to encourage people to donate human organs and tissue.

Increase in child safety warnings 
Social workers in England have seen a sharp rise in the number of child safety worries brought to their attention, researchers say.

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