Media Watch – December 14

By on 14/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£20m bid to turn NIA into global venue (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) A £20m scheme aimed at turning Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena into one of the world’s best concert venues has been unveiled. The work is being made possible thanks to a loan from Birmingham City Council.

Asafa eyes Brum boost (Birmingham Mail) Jamaican sprint sensation Asafa Powell looks set to turn the Birmingham athletics faithful into a new home crowd at the Aviva Grand Prix early next year.

Cathedral voices sound Swede (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Cathedral held a traditional Swedish celebration to mark Santa Lucia in the presence of the city’s Lord Mayor.

DC Leisure to run new Birmingham pool (Leisure Opportunities) DC Leisure has been chosen by Birmingham City Council to operate and manage the city’s first new public swimming pool to be built for more than 20 years.

Teachers striking at plan to turn school into an academy (Birmingham Mail) Striking teachers and furious parents staged a protest over plans to turn a Birmingham primary school (Montgomery Primary in Sparkbrook) into an academy and vowed to mount a rolling programme of industrial action.

Transport museum finds new home (BBC) A Birmingham transport museum moves to a new home in a former dustcart production line.

Regional Headlines

Pair in court for monkey cruelty
A man and woman appear in court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a pet monkey which had to be put down because of its injuries.

School’s Harry Potter star visit
Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, surprises pupils at a Sutton Coldfield school.

National Headlines

Many diabetes deaths ‘avoidable’
Up to 24,000 deaths from diabetes could be avoided in England every year, if patients and doctors controlled the condition better, a report suggests.

Thomas Cook to close 200 stores
Travel firm Thomas Cook says it will close 200 UK stores over the next two years as it reports a £398m annual loss.

‘Most wanted’ riot suspect images
Scotland Yard releases images of the 213 “most wanted” suspects in the investigation into rioting across London in August.

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