Media Watch – Dec 17 (am)

By on 17/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of Birmingham’s inclusion in the England 2018 World Cup bid (BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central, WM, BRMB, Heart, Smooth, Birmingham Post Online)

Birmingham expecting jobs boost if England World Cup bid succeeds (Birmingham Post)
Thousands of new jobs could be created on the back of Birmingham’s selection as a host city in England’s bid for the 2018 football World Cup.
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£590m library bombshell (Birmingham Post) The true cost to council tax payers of Birmingham’s new civic library could top £590million.

Private sector crisis sees city fall behind (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s economy is becoming over-dependent on non-wealth producing public sector jobs, a major report into employment patterns has warned.

Brum’s art set on a cultural revolution (Birmingham Post, Culture 24 ) Political editor Jon Walker looks at the economic and social benefits of Birmingham becoming the first UK City of Culture.

Legal bid to halt Edgbaston cricket ground development fails (Birmingham Post) Building work to transform Edgbaston cricket ground can go ahead next month after a legal challenge from residents to halt the controversial development fell at the first hurdle.

Historic hall is in need of love and care (Birmingham Post) Highbury Hall, the former home of Joseph Chamberlain, has fallen into £4million of disrepair. Paul Bradley looks at what lies ahead for the famous property.

World’s mayors gather at climate summit (AP)
BCC Deputy Leader Paul Tilsley listed in mayors and other local leaders attending the Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV begins trials (The Engineer,
The first zero-emissions fully electric city car to be used on the government-funded Technology Strategy Board (TSB) user trials has begun testing in the West Midlands.

Regional Headlines

Family to sell raided post office 
The parents of a man who was shot dead in a failed robbery are to sell the Worcestershire post office where the attack happened.

Stabbed man found after car crash 
A man was found with stab wounds by emergency services called to the scene of a car crash in Birmingham. The 32-year-old, from Yardley, was found in his car after it had hit a lamppost near the Yew Tree public house in Stoney Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

Yorkshire Ripper’s letters sell for £1,700 
Letters written by the Yorkshire Ripper to a woman in Birmingham have sold at auction for £1,700.

Minister has ‘no Cadbury powers’ 
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has told union leaders that he has no power to intervene in the hostile takeover bid for Cadbury.

National Headlines

Parents giving children alcohol ‘fuels binge drinking’ 
Parents who allow their children alcohol at home may be increasing the chances of future drinking problems, says England’s chief medical officer.

Flyglobespan collapse strands thousands of passengers 
An operation is under way to fly back to the UK thousands of people left stranded after Flyglobespan, Scotland’s biggest airline, collapsed.

Heavy snow forecast for many parts of UK 
Heavy snowfall is expected in parts of the UK, with south-east England expected to be worst affected.

UK consumers enjoy ‘advanced’ digital communications 
The UK is one of the world’s most advanced countries in terms of digital communications, an Ofcom report says.

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