Media Watch – Dec 8 (PM)

By on 08/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

 City turns on Tree of Light (Birmingham Mail, Page 2) Hundreds of people packed into Victoria Square to see the city's official Christmas tree lights switched on.  Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Wilkes received the tree.

Families' joy at store go-ahead (Birmingham Mail, Page 5) Store giants Morrisons are to build a new supermarket in Handsworth after getting agreement from city planners.  Cllrs Sybil Spence and Adrian Delaney quoted. A Morrisons spokesperson confirmed the chain would hand £750,000 to the Council to fund a town centre manager for Soho Road and to pay for improvements in the area.

Regional Headlines:

Prince Charles has made a private visit to Selly Oak Hospital to talk to military and medical personnel about the ground-breaking work undertaken there.

Coventry Airport has been closed with immediate effect, as owners West Midlands International Airport Ltd face a winding-up order at the High Court.  70 staff have been made redundant.

A fleet of “super-green” buses are to hit the streets of Birmingham thanks to a government grant.

The National Indoor Arena is seeking a naming rights partner to cash in on its popularity.

National Headlines:

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has said the Afghanistan mission is vital to the UK's national security, following the 100th military death this year.

Lessons in using the internet safely are set to become a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary school children in England from 2011.

Home Office Minister Phil Woolas has been condemned after he claimed that immigration officials were “putting their lives on the line” for the country.

Rhodri Morgan will take his final First Minister's Questions today in the Senedd chamber, after which he will formally tender his resignation to the Queen, ending his ten years in charge of the Welsh Assembly.

All district councils in Devon could be merged into one “supercouncil” under plans for a shake-up of local services.

As the Autumn term of the University calendar draws to a close, a report into loan delays has found “conspicuous failures” and accuses the government of being “too distanced” from responding to problems widely reported since August.

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