Media Watch – Feb 4

By on 04/02/2010 in Media Watch, News

Afternoon Update

Go ahead given to New Street project (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM, BRMB Radio) The council’s planning committee has today approved the design, location and external appearance of New Street railway station, as the go-ahead was given for its redevelopment.  The £600 million Birmingham Gateway scheme is expected to create 1000 new jobs.  Council leader Mike Whitby spoke live on Radio WM and BRMB.
Khyra accused gives evidence (Central News) The man accused of the murder of Khyra Ishaq has spoken in court this morning of the cruelty he himself suffered as a child at his father’s hand.  Junaid Abuhamza, who was Khyra’s stepfather, said that his father used to deny him food as punishment and he also saw him beat his younger sister to death.
Retirement villages ahead of schedule (Express & Star) It was revealed today that the council’s £200 million retirement village scheme is ahead of schedule.  The first of the five separate complexes is nearly complete and is due to open in New Oscott in the spring, creating 80 new jobs.  Cllr John Lines quoted.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

All that glitters is not sold – at a fair price (Birmingham Post) As gold prices continue to rise, more people are deciding to cash in on their jewellery – but are they getting the best deal? Cllr Neil Eustace, chairman of BCC’s Public Protection Committee urged people to treat companies dealing in gold with caution.
Gold prices warning –

And the music plays on… (Birmingham Post) Another iconic Digbeth music venue is set for a major new phase in its history in 2010 as the refurbishment of the historic Digbeth Institute gathers pace. The 100-year-old building is owned by Birmingham City Council, which has injected £1.75 million into overhauling its exterior and creating disability access.

Great expectations from Southside BID (Birmingham Post) The success of the Broad Street Retail and Colmore Business District BIDs has led to another key area in Birmingham city centre looking to get in on the act.

Council finance bosses face flak over audit report (Birmingham Post) Compiling Birmingham City Council’s accounts has always been a seat of the pants experience but this year the bean counters are more than ever in the firing line.

Counting the cost of longer lives (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A fall in Birmingham’s death rate has led to a budget crisis for the council’s funeral division.

Battle to run Birmingham: Who might stand? (Birmingham Post) The Post looks at potential candidates to be elected mayor in Birmingham.

New St plan on course (Birmingham Post) The long awaited redevelopment of New Street Station was due to get the go ahead this week.

Welcome to Paradise (Birmingham Post) The first images of how Paradise Circus could look following the expected demolition of the Central Library.

Dame Judi backs bid to save Hoard (Birmingham Mail) Dame Judi Dench has joined the growing list of celebrities who have pledged their support to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands.

Birmingham signs up to carbon cutting campaign (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham City Council announced it is the latest council to sign up to the national 10:10 campaign and pledge to cut carbon emissions by 10% this year.
Ten is the magic green number –

NB: Birmingham Post and Mail stories not online at the time of posting – hence no links.

Officers visit Shisha lounges to increase awareness (Asian Image) An operation to increase awareness of the effects of shisha smoking has taken place in Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Cadbury top bosses to step down 
The three men at the top of Cadbury have all announced their resignations following Kraft Foods’ takeover of the chocolate maker. Chairman Roger Carr, chief executive Todd Stitzer and chief financial officer Andrew Bonfield are all to step down, Cadbury said.

Hoardings promote Staffordshire Hoard campaign 
Giant hoardings have gone up in the Birmingham area to help the campaign to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the West Midlands.

Eleven arrests in Black Country organised crime raids 
Eleven people have been arrested after more than 100 officers raided buildings in Wolverhampton and the Black Country. Officers seized a live firearm, Class A drugs, a Jet ski and four cars, including a Bentley convertible.

National Headlines

‘Half of all MPs’ set to repay some expenses claims 
MPs can expect a fresh attack on their reputations when the man assigned by Gordon Brown to audit their expenses publishes his final report.

Child killing rate ‘drops by 40%’ in England and Wales 
The number of violent deaths among children in England and Wales has fallen by almost 40% since 1974, research has suggested.

British Gas cuts gas prices by 7% 
British Gas has announced it is cutting standard household gas prices by an average of 7%, with immediate effect.

Bank of England may halt quantitative easing 
The Bank of England is due to update the markets later on its policy of quantitative easing (QE), with many analysts expecting it to be halted.

Disabled students wait for specialist equipment grants 
Almost 12,500 students in England are still waiting for grants to pay for specialist equipment, figures from the Student Loans Company show.

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