Media Watch – August 17 (am)

By on 17/08/2009 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council Headlines

Bolt and Jamaicans in 2012 Birmingham deal (Birmingham Post, BBC Midlands Today, BBC Online, Jamaican Observer, Gleaner, PA Sports, Sports Jamaica & Sporting Life)
Jamaican officials, including Usain Bolt, meet with Cllr Whitby at the World Athletics Championships and agree to the team using Birmingham as their pre-2012 training base in the UK.

Fury at 200k Cannes 'Jolly' (BBC Online, Daily Star, Daily Express, Sun, Birmingham Post and Telegraph)
Taxpayers alliance attacks BCC for the cost of attending the MIPIM Expo - £195,000 exhibition stand costs and £10,000 travel and accommodation costs for five staff/members revealed by FOI.

Angry villagers protest at plan to sell farm (Birmingham Post)
Local villagers stage protest at Woodhouse Farm, Staffordshire over BCC's plans to sell the site, which was gifted to the city in the 1930's but has fallen into state of disrepair.

Regional Headlines:

Race is on for city's high-speed rail line
Eurostar and Virgin set to compete to operate service if Government gives go-ahead to Birmingham-London High Speed line.

Tata slams Mandelson as finance talks crash
Sources claim Tata are 'furious' after collapse of talks with UK Government and blame Mandelson for their failure.

NEC opens golf complex
NEC opens £35,000 driving range and announces details for October LG Arena reopening as it seeks to diversify appeal.

National Headlines:

Warning that job market is bleak for school leavers

UK military's Afghan death toll passes 200

Toddler falls to balcony death on holiday

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