Media Watch – April 22

By on 22/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Union condemns councils for ‘penalising’ stranded teachers (Independent) Local authorities, including Birmingham City Council, have been accused by a teaching union of attempting to penalise teachers stranded abroad because of the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano.

Gymnasts beat the travel chaos (BBC WM) With the European Championships getting underway today, organisers and Birmingham City Council praised for beating the chaos.

Culture bid to build on city architecture (Birmingham Post, Express and Star) A public appeal to nominate the most memorable buildings in Birmingham has been launched as part of the UK City of Culture bid.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9333

Councillors fed up over savings (Birmingham Post) The failure of Birmingham City Council’s ambitious business transformation programme to deliver promised savings is beginning to prompt criticism from senior members of the local authority’s ruling Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition.

Arts must help strengthen city (Birmingham Post) Culture must play a central role in the development of Birmingham, a new manifesto for the arts launched this week claims.

Jorvik centre style project could display Saxon Hoard (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is on course to become as famous for its Anglo-Saxon heritage as York is for it’s Viking history, the city council has claimed.

Metro scheme could bite dust after election (Birmingham Post) Concern is growing about the fate of two huge Birmingham public transport schemes (PFI and Midland Metro) given Whitehall approval just before the General Election was announced.

City baby boom school places crisis looming (Birmingham Post) The truth about Birmingham’s primary schools crisis has been revealed in a council report which is predicting the biggest baby boom since the 1960s.

Hostel to get £10m revamp (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s city centre’s largest hostels is set to get a £10 million redevelopment to help the homeless keep off the streets. The Snow Hill scheme is backed by a number of organisations, including Birmingham City Council.

Runway road gets backing (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a £32 million diversion of the A45 to allow Birmingham International Airport’s runway extension to be built have won council backing.

Thousands hit as pipe bursts (Birmingham Mail) Up to 18,000 homes and seven schools were left without water for almost three hours after a pipe burst in Kings Heath. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9512

The hamster exercise plan (Birmingham Post) Richard McComb praises the Be Active free gym scheme.

Regional Headlines

Figures show fall in West Midlands unemployment (BBC)
The number of people out of work in the West Midlands fell in the first three months of the year, figures show.
 
Birmingham play down row with bank Seymour Pierce (BBC)
Birmingham City’s parent company insists it has not lost control of the club, despite an escalating row with investment bank Seymour Pierce.
 
Ash flights ban ‘costs Birmingham Airport £1.8m’ (BBC)
A six-day flight ban due to volcanic ash has cost Birmingham airport about £1.8m in lost revenue, officials say.

National Headlines

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

Leaders prepare for second prime ministerial TV debate
Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are once more set to go head-to-head in the second prime ministerial TV debate, focused on global affairs.
 
Recriminations grow over airline costs
Recriminations are growing over the costs of the six-day UK airspace shutdown as thousands of Britons continue to make their way home.
 
Arriva agrees to takeover by Deutsche Bahn
 
UK train and bus operator Arriva has agreed to be taken over by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn in a deal worth £1.59bn.

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