Media Watch – August 1

By on 01/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Labour councils fly flag for Palestinians (The Times) Article about local authorities across Britain choosing to fly the Palestinian flag, with specific reference to Birmingham City Council not doing so due to its long-standing protocol on flags.

New Street station date announced (BBC News website) Birmingham’s New Street Station is set to open in September 2015 after a £650m redevelopment, Network Rail has said. Quotes Sir Albert Bore. Story also covered by BBC Midlands Today and ITV Central.

Capital of Culture bid is ruled out in fears over cost (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has ruled out a bid for the European Capital of Culture crown after deciding the costs outweighed the benefits. Quotes Cllr Penny Holbrook and former councillor Martin Mullaney.

Calls to save former library building (BBC Radio WM) Protesters say more should have been done to save the former Birmingham Central Library building in Chamberlain Square, which is due to be demolished as part of the Paradise Circus redevelopment scheme.

Regional Headlines

Plans to move children's hospital

Birmingham Children's Hospital could move out of the city centre under plans which could see it merge with Women's Hospital in Edgbaston.

Arrests over Cadbury family home arson

Three boys, aged 12, 14 and 15, have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed Northfield Manor House, the former home of the Cadbury family.

National Headlines

Israel and Hamas truce under way

Israel and Hamas have begun an unconditional 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza - although Palestinians said four people were killed by Israel fire just hours later, apparently in response to a rocket attack.

DNA project 'will make UK a world leader'

A groundbreaking project seeking to revolutionise treatment for cancer or rare diseases by unlocking the secrets of DNA will see the UK lead the world in genetic research 'within years', according to Prime Minister David Cameron.

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