Media Watch – August 20 (am)

By on 20/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Lord Coe praised Bham for welcoming 2012 athletes (Birmingham Post)  London Olympic Games supremo Lord Coe has heaped praise on Bham for being first out of the starting blocks to secure the Jamaican and also U.S.A. athlete training camps ahead of the 2012 Games.

A Level Results out this morning (all media inc BBC Radio WM News)
with record high passed for 27th year in a row.  However many students will choose to go to university in their own home town / region to save money.

Beach has taken off!  (Birmingham Mail)  Life’s a beach and Brum’s beach has become part of everyday life for many people in the city.

City’s new library cut down to size (Birmingham Mail) Architects take off one storey and add prayer room after public has say.  BCC Head of Library Services, Brian Gambles, quoted.

BCC Councillor honoured at his funeral (Birmingham Post) 500 people packed into Holy Trinity Church in Sutton Coldfield yesterday, at the funeral of the John Beadman, former Councillor of Bham City Council. 

Jamaican athletes to use Birmingham for pre-Games training (london2012.com)
Jamaican athletes, including Olympic and World Champion Usain Bolt, will use Birmingham as a base for training ahead of the London 2012 Games.The announcement was made ahead of the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Regional Headlines

NEC Group: Redundancies despite profitable year (Eventsreview.com19 Aug)

Collapsed gig’s top act cannot play new dates (Birmingham Post, 20 Aug)

MP in discussion over high speed rail line for borough (Birmingham Post 20 Aug) Caroline Spelman MP with proposal to for a high speed rail line to serve Solihull.

National Headlines

King ‘eager to pump in more cash’  (Bham Post 20 Aug) Bank of England Governor Mervyn King wanted to pump even more money into the economy ahead of this month’s shock decision to boost money supply by £50billion.

Petrol prices up by 1.5p a litre (Bham Post 20 Aug) The average price at the pumps is now 104.43p.

Afghanistan Election today: (Bham Post 20 Aug) Security will be tight at polling centres following threats of attacks.

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