Media Watch- August 27 (pm)

By on 27/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City kids are pass masters (BBC Midlands Today, Central and Birmingham Mail) Schools across Birmingham were today reporting another record rise in their  GCSE results- with Perry Beeches School in Great Barr hoping to be officially recognised as the most improved in the country. Head teacher Liam Nolan interviewed.

Clampers released on police bail (Birmingham Mail) Four men arrested as part of fraud investigation into a Birmingham clamping firm have been released on police bail. Chris Neville, head of trading standards at BCC quoted.

Running? Pah! This Bolt is batty about cricket! (Birmingham Mail) Lightning fast Usain Bolt may be dominating the athletics world but his younger brother is more interested in cricket and exploring Edgbaston. Kim Kelly, head of international and local events at BCC quoted.

Rail chiefs in new station call (Birmingham Mail) Rail bosses today said Birmingham would need a major new city centre rail station to cope with high speed services which will revolutionise the region's transport network. Deputy leader Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

'Iconic' secondary schools' £180m lift (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,500 jobs will be created in Birmingham when a new wave of “iconic” secondary schools is built as part of a £180 million initial investment in the city's education. Cllr Les Lawrence heavily quoted in piece.

Regional Headlines

A woman is pushed to the ground by a thief who steals her handbag as she makes her way to a tram stop (BBC Birmingham online, Birmingham Mail)

Midlands hopes for high speed rail (BBC Birmingham online)

National Headlines

Record rates of GCSE entries were awarded the top grades in this year’s exams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A patient lobby group is calling for a review of hospital care after highlighting accounts of “appalling” NHS standards.

Taiwan has approved a visit by the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, risking improved ties with China.

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