Media Watch – April 26

By on 26/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

A new era for New St (Birmingham Mail) The £600 million project to transform Birmingham’s tired New Street Station into a gleaming transport hub gets underway today.

90,000 celebrate Sikh birthday (Birmingham Mail) Around 90,000 packed Handsworth Park as part on an annual celebration to remember the birth of their faith. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9664

Council hit by £1 million bill for axing care home (Birmingham Mail) A decision to abandon plans for an elderly persons’ care centre at Sutton Coldfield has landed Birmingham City Council with a £1 million compensation bill.

Worry over late night cab checks (Birmingham Mail) City licensing officers are failing to keep checks on rogue minicab drivers at the times of night when passengers are most at risk, it has been revealed.

A real little gem of a place (Telegraph, Express, Birmingham Mail) 2010 Enjoy England Awards – including Birmingham’s very own Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9638

Where to go to vote (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham voters can find out about their local polling station along with other election information on the city council website. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=9524

Doormen back City of Culture bid (Birmingham Post.net) Businesses along Broad Street are set to show their support for the city’s City of Culture bid by wearing special pin badges. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?cat=1170

Now you see it…now you don’t (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s big screen television in Victoria Square, which cost taxpayers £1million despite lying unused for almost three years has been removed – so soundproofing can be installed ahead of a summer switch-on.

Flip-flopping Lib Dems may turn right (Sunday Telegraph) Article looking at the possibility of hung parliament focusses on the Tory/Lib Dem coalition in Birmingham.

Plans for Birmingham’s tallest skyscraper approved (Regeneration and Renewal) Birmingham City Council has granted plans to build the city’s tallest tower outline planning permission.

Regional Headlines

BNP banned from Lichfield Diocese church hustings (BBC)
A Midlands diocese has banned the British National Party (BNP) from church-organised hustings.

Power failure closes Birmingham New Street station (BBC)
A power failure at Birmingham’s New Street railway station caused it to temporarily close on Saturday.

Man ‘critical’ after Stourbridge bus station assault (BBC)
A 20-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted near a bus station in the Black Country, police said.

National Headlines

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

UK envoy ‘escapes suicide bomb’ 
A suspected suicide bomber has carried out an attack near the convoy of the British ambassador to Yemen in the capital, Sanaa, reports say.

Pope leaked memo ‘will not affect UK visit’ 
The Pope’s visit to Britain will not be affected by a leaked memo which appeared to mock the Catholic Church, the Vatican has said.

Call to cut number of children’s heart surgery centres 
Several children’s heart surgery units across England should be closed with operations done by fewer, specialised centres, according to an expert review.

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