Media Watch – Feb 24

By on 24/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

City makes culture shortlist (BBC Radio WM, BRMB Radio, Smooth Radio, Heart FM, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has revealed that Birmingham has successfully made the shortlist for the UK’s first City of Culture in 2013.  Cllr Martin Mullaney and Stuart Griffiths, chief executive of the Birmingham Hippodrome, spoke to Ed Doolan on Radio WM, as well as to other local radio stations.
Kitchens’ £4.5m to see more dinners (Express & Star) Thousands more pupils will have access to school dinners in Birmingham under a scheme which will see more than £4.5 million spent on brand new kitchens.  The Council will spend the money developing full school meal production kitchens at eight primary schools which do not currently have on-site facilities. 

Historic park to be passed to borough (Express & Star) A park owned by Birmingham is to be handed to neighbouring Sandwell Council, ending almost four decades of dispute over its ownership.  Nigel Oliver of Property Services quoted.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council denied savage cuts as workers stage protest (Birmingham Post online) Birmingham City Council is seeking to defuse trade union claims that the local authority’s severe financial difficulties are bound to result in savage cuts to jobs and services.

Birmingham City councillors agree job-cuts budget  (Times, BBC Midlands Today, Central, WM) Birmingham councillors have voted to approve savings of £69m in their budget for the next financial year, which could mean losing up to 2,000 jobs.

Birmingham awaits City of Culture verdict (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham was due to learn today whether it had made it to the next stage of the prestigious City of Culture competition.

Pool project wins lottery backing (Birmingham Mail) A new £48,000 lottery grant funded project to celebrate the history of a much loved Birmingham swimming pool has been officially launched.

Motorists urged to report on potholes (Birmingham Mail) The massive number of potholes on Birmingham roads caused by the severe winter is taking a heavy toll on vehicles in Birmingham.

On with the show (Insider) Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council will be leading Birmingham’s team at MIPIM and he is clear on what the city needs in this decade.

Regional Headlines

Charges brought for 13 hurt at Birmingham’s Mr Egg cafe 
A 39-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with assault after several people were injured at a cafe in Birmingham.

Woman’s eyes treated in hospitals 20 miles apart 
A woman undergoing treatment to save her eyesight is having each eye treated in separate hospitals, 20 miles apart. Mavis Eldridge, 79, is undergoing scans on her right eye in Coventry, and having treatment in Birmingham for the same condition in her left eye.

Low water levels threaten Black Country canal festival 
Organisers of a Black Country canal festival are in talks with British Waterways about the event’s future.

National Headlines

Brown denies ordering ‘forces of hell’ onto Darling 
Gordon Brown has denied ordering any briefing against his chancellor, after Alistair Darling said “the forces of hell” had been unleashed against him.

News of the World accused of phone-tapping ‘amnesia’ 
The publishers of the News of the World suffered “collective amnesia” over the extent of illegal phone-tapping by its reporters, a group of MPs have said.

Council tax bills set for ‘lowest rise’ in April 
The average cost of Band D council tax bills in England for 2010/2011 is set to increase by the lowest percentage since the tax was introduced in 1993.

Stafford Hospital deaths findings awaited 
Further details are expected to emerge later about one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS. The Stafford Hospital independent inquiry is also due to report on what can be learned from the case.

Gordon Brown to apologise to child migrants sent abroad 
Gordon Brown is set to apologise for the UK’s role in sending more than 130,000 children to former colonies where many suffered abuse.

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