Media Watch – April 21

By on 21/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Prospects bleak in a blackspot that was once manufacturing heartland (The Times) Article looking at unemployment in the West Midlands referencing Birmingham City Council report that suggests soaring unemployment could cause an outbreak of gang violence as young people turn to drugs and crime.

Town halls to bear brunt of 600,000 public sector job cuts, economists warn (The Times) Article looking at public sector cuts references 2,000 job cuts at Birmingham City Council.

Clothes scam boss is jailed (Birmingham Mail) The director of a Birmingham company has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after city trading standards officers made their biggest ever seizure of counterfeit clothing in the West Midlands.

Museum up for top title (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s proud industrial heritage could be the jewel in the bid to capture the UK City of Culture crown.

European Gymnastics Championships to go ahead after athletes beat flights ban (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Bus firm objects to HP Sauce plan (Birmingham Mail) The £20 million redevelopment of the former HP Sauce site has been met with opposition from a minibus operator next door.

City park in £1.3 million makeover (Birmingham Mail) A park on the Birmingham-Sandwell border (Lightwoods Park) is to get a long awaited £1.3 million overhaul when a tug-of-war over its ownership finally comes to an end this summer.

Cities can help win climate fight ( While the UN climate talks in December failed to reach the headline global agreement environmentalists were after, Mayors and other city leaders from around the world made a quiet commitment to address sustainability issues on a more local level. Sandy Taylor, head of climate change and sustainability at Birmingham City Council, was one of those at the Denmark meetings where leaders representing 750,000,000 urban dwellers in almost 100 cities agreed to take action on their own doorsteps.

Regional Headlines

Volcanic ash chaos: Birmingham Airport open but expect delays (Birmingham There was some respite for travellers last night with the announcement that the airways are now open again after the chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

Bus driver filmed reading while driving in Birmingham (BBC)
A bus driver has been suspended after a passenger filmed him apparently reading while driving along a dual carriageway in Birmingham.

Baby showered in broken glass in Lye bus brick attack (BBC)
A baby was showered in broken glass when a brick was thrown through the window of a bus.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Ash cloud chaos: Airlines face huge task as ban ends 
Airlines face a “huge logistical operation” as tens of thousands of Britons try to get home after a six-day shutdown because of volcanic ash.

‘Come clean on tuition fees’, students tell politicians 
Political parties in England “need to come clean on tuition fees”, says the incoming president of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter.

‘8% rise’ in violence on children 
The number of young children injured in violent attacks has risen 8% in a year, according to a survey of accident and emergency units in England and Wales.

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  1. Richard Morris says:

    ‘Bus driver reading’ link is wrong.