Media Watch – April 7

By on 07/04/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The other 2010 elections (BBC) With the build-up to the general election dominating the headlines, will local elections taking place across the country on 6 May slip past unnoticed?

Land initiative sites to deliver 450 homes (Inside Housing) The Homes and Communities Agency has announced the next three sites to be developed under its public land initiative. The sites are owned by the HCA, Birmingham City Council and Paddington Churches Housing Association, and will deliver 450 homes between them.

Obstacles pile up for Birmingham Airport runway extension (Birmingham Birmingham International Airport’s campaign to market itself as Heathrow’s third runway could turn into a money-spinner, but only if legal difficulties can be resolved.

Lawyer raises cash for BHF (Birmingham Mail) Lawyer John O’Donnell, who works for Birmingham City Council, is running the London Marathon in memory of his father.

Regional Headlines

David Cameron kicks off Tory General Election campaign in Birmingham (Birmingham Conservative leader David Cameron said he would give Birmingham ailing manufacturing industries the kiss of life as he hit the campaign trail at a city hospital.

Putting the Flatpack film festival on the map (Guardian) Can Birmingham’s eclectic lucky dip of a festival help rejuvenate its Digbeth base?

Kraft ‘acted irresponsibly’ in Cadbury takeover  (BBC) US food giant Kraft has been criticised by MPs over the way it handled its takeover of UK chocolate maker Cadbury.

Walsall Wood wrong-grave body to be exhumed  (BBC) The body of a murdered man who was buried in the wrong plot in a West Midlands churchyard is to be exhumed, a church court judge has decided.

Wednesbury murder inquiry starts after BP garage fight  (BBC) A murder inquiry has been started after a 41-year-old man died following a fight at a West Midlands petrol station.

National Headlines

Widespread election coverage.

Party leaders face last Commons clash before election 
Party leaders will clash at prime minister’s questions later, for the last time before the general election.

Two firefighters killed at Southampton flats 
Two firefighters have been killed while tackling a fire at a high-rise block of flats in Southampton.

UK economy still growing but risks remain, BCC says 
The UK’s economic recovery is “still on course”, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

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