MEDIA WATCH – AUGUST 11 (pm)

By on 11/08/2009 in Media Watch

St Andrew's backed for Games role (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Martin Mullaney backs Birmingham City FC to host Olympic football after Villa pull out due to construction work on North Stand. Blues spokesman says they have not received an official request and is a decision for the Board.

New Street revamp on track (Birmingham Mail) £600m transformation due to begin on September 1st, starting with the closure of the lower level of the NCP Pallasades car park. The upper level will remain open. BBC Midlands Today uses CGI of plans and interviews Leader Mike Whitby.

Collapse paves way for new road deal (Birmingham Mail) Booths Lane in Great Barr, dubbed the 'worst road in Britain' could be taken under council control and repaired after its owner, the Host Corporation, goes into administration. Cllr Keith Linnecor quoted, Cllr Mike Leddy pictured with the potholes.

Damning reports on school's affairs (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Audit report award Stockland Green Technology College a 'No Assurance' rating, meaning that weaknesses are so significant that risks are not being managed at all. Last month 2 senior non-teaching staff members were arrested in connection with alleged financial irregularities. Reporter claims BCC have declined 2 of his FOI requests on the grounds of prejudicing an on-going investigation.

Open letter to Brum city councillors (The Stirrer) A Stirrer forum reader has emailed Birmingham city councillors Bore, Hartley and Rice asking the council to take action against the kind of violence seen last weekend in Birmingham.

Homes to be proud of? (The Stirrer) Opinion piece on housing, with focus on council's Empty Properties Team.

Regional Headlines

Jaguar Land Rover secure funding from the banks to safeguard their future. Lord Mandelson says the government is not a cash point with limitless funds to support businesses.

Serious Fraud Office will not launch investigation into collapse of MG Rover.

2 youths found guilty of killing 43 year old dad Michael Eccles in Lichfield.

English Defence League deny links to BNP and say they plan return to Birmingham to protest against Islamic fundamentalism.

National Headlines

Tories are now the progressive force in politics, says George Osborne

Former Conservative Party chairman Michael Ancram is to step down from Parliament at the next election, citing health problems.

Council of mortgage lenders: mortgage approvals rose by 23% during June.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of JFK, dies age 88.

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