Media Watch – August 15

By on 15/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

200 new jobs at Longbridge (Birmingham Mail) Another 200 jobs are on their way to Longbridge – with plans for the second phase of a £1 billion regeneration project which includes a 135,000 sq ft superstore.

Battle on to save famous venue from bulldozers (Birmingham Mail) A campaign has been launched to prevent the closure and demolition of Aston Arena. The one-time sports and community hall is among the building set to be pulled down to make way for a major manufacturing park, designed to create at least 1,500 jobs.

Rain fears mean no garden show (Birmingham Mail) Organisers have cancelled a popular gardening show (Birmingham Annual Gardening Show at Kings Heath Park) amid fears it could prove a washout.

Where next to see Team GB stars? (BBC) Double gold-medal winner Mo Farah and long jump winner Greg Rutherford will be among the Team GB athletes performing at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday 26 August.

Regional Headlines

Virgin loses West Coast franchise
Virgin Trains loses its bid to continue running the West Coast Mainline which serves the West Midlands.

Sally Walton’s hope Olympic hockey medal win can inspire others
A bronze medal-winning hockey player has said she hopes her team’s success in London 2012 will encourage other people to take up the sport. Sally Walton, from Solihull in the West Midlands, said she felt “immensely proud” to receive her medal and hoped it would boost hockey’s popularity.

National Headlines

Warning on youth job prospects
UK unemployment figures will be published later, amid warnings that young people are finding it increasingly difficult to find work.

New playing space rules opposed
Critics warn new rules on outdoor space for pupils in England to do PE will make it easier for schools to sell off playing fields.

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