Media Watch – Dec 4 (am)

By on 04/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Big wheel’s licence is extended  (BBC, Birmingham Post Online)
Councillors have agreed to extend Birmingham’s new big wheel for an extra six months.
Big Wheel statement:

Birmingham City Council bid to switch on giant television ( A fresh attempt to get approval to switch on a giant television screen that has lain unused for two years has been launched by Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham library approval unleashes design dissenters (Planning Resource) Birmingham City Council’s award of planning permission for the Library of Birmingham has been condemned by some members, who describe it as a monstrosity.

Regional Headlines

Rail staff balloted over action  (BBC) Rail service staff are being balloted over strike action, which could see services over Christmas being disrupted. The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) Union has announced it has begun balloting London Midland staff over two separate disputes.

Pedestrian ‘critical’ after crash (BBC) A 70-year-old pedestrian is in a critical condition in hospital after being found lying on a pavement. The man suffered serious head injuries when it was believed he was hit by a car on New John St West in Hockley, Birmingham, just before 0300 GMT.

Gordon Brown says Cadbury reputation depends on British workforce (Birmingham Post Online) Gordon Brown has issued a blunt warning to any potential buyer of Cadbury not to move jobs out of Britain.

Plea over cars mounting pavement  (BBC) People living near a railway station have said the area has been made dangerous by motorists driving on the pavement. Residents in Green Lanes, Sutton Coldfield, said people parking for Wylde Green Station meant there was not enough space for traffic.

National Headlines

Taxpayer’s bail-out of banks is ‘justified’, says NAO 
The Treasury was “justified” in using taxpayers’ money to bail out banks to protect the wider financial system, according to a report.

Released yachtsmen back in UK after Iran detention 
Four British yachtsmen who were seized by Iran have returned to the UK following their release from custody.

UN body wants probe of climate e-mail row 
The UN panel on climate change says claims UK scientists manipulated global warming data to boost the argument it is man-made should be investigated.

Ministers want primary schools to raise pupils’ results 
More than 1,400 primary schools in England could be targeted in a campaign to improve literacy and numeracy.

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