Media Watch – April 23

By on 23/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed on Radio Four’s Today Programme about the Big Culture Blog.

City council cost cutting scheme saved taxpayers £83 million (Birmingham A controversial cost-cutting scheme at Birmingham City Council has saved taxpayers £83 million over the past three years, it has emerged.

Council planning £34m fundraising effort to help pay for the new Library of Birmingham (Birmingham A fundraising campaign as effective as the appeal launched to buy the Staffordshire Hoard is planned to pay for Birmingham’s new civic library.

Birmingham – city of culture 2013 (Birmingham Post) Chris Rice, head of heritage services at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, is leading on business engagement as part of Birmingham’s bid for UK City of Culture status in 2013.

Mini Guide to Birmingham (Lonely Planet) Feature hails Birmingham as a city of cool developments and arts centres making it a ‘vibrant cultural centre’.

Good value pays off (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has saved £30m by awarding maintenance contracts for council housing to companies which have demonstrated quality and value for money.

Regional Headlines

Five men arrested and dogs seized in Birmingham  (BBC)
Five men have been arrested and several dogs seized in police raids in the Lozells and Handsworth areas of Birmingham.

West Midlands regional police forces aid Cayman Islands  (BBC)
Detectives from across the West Midlands region are to visit the Cayman Islands to help police there.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Parties seek boost from leaders’ TV election clash 
Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems will try to boost their election campaigns following a confrontational TV prime ministerial debate.

Car bomb explodes outside County Armagh police station 
Two people have been injured in a car bomb explosion outside a police station in Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

Judgement expected on Shoesmith case 
The High Court is due to rule on whether Sharon Shoesmith was unfairly sacked following the public outcry over the death of Baby Peter.

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