Media Watch – Feb 9

By on 09/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Birchfield blocks brought down (BBC Radio WM) Three council tower blocks were demolished this lunchtime in Birchfield, North West Birmingham, to make way for potential developers to build high quality, affordable family homes. The council is working in partnership with Urban Living to demolish the 15-storey towers as part of its ambitious 16-year regeneration programme of North West Birmingham.  Cllr John Lines interviewed by Phil Gayle on Ed Doolan’s show.
 
Birmingham EDL man guilty (birminghammail.com) A Birmingham man, one of five men who has appeared in court, has pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or phrases at an English Defence League rally last month in Hanley.  Six police officers were injured during the demonstration.
 
Birmingham’s streets ahead (birminghampost.com) Two central Birmingham streets have been shortlisted in the Google Street View Awards – even though one of them hardly appears on the photo-generated map.  A panel nominated Broad Street in the Best Foodie Street category and Corporation Street as the Best Fashion street, although only a small stretch of the latter can be found on the site.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Child asylum numbers rise (BBC Inside Out) Cllr Les Lawrence interviewed about the fact that the number of children without parents arriving in the West Midlands seeking asylum has risen by 700 per cent in six years.

Travellers’ camps at a 15-year low (Birmingham Mail) Traveller encampments in Birmingham parks have reached their lowest level since the mid-1990s – slashing the cost to the council taxpayer of evictions and clean ups.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7199

Staffordshire Hoard appeal must raise £2.7m in 10 weeks to keep gold in the Midlands (Birmingham Mail) Desperate fundraisers have just ten weeks left to raise £2.7million to bring a unique stash of Anglo-Saxon gold to Birmingham.

Protesters lose fight against Edgbaston cricket ground development (Birmingham Post online) Senior judges have rejected a last-ditch bid by protesters to stop the £30 million redevelopment of Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

City’s rent arrears hit 10-year low (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s rent arrears are at their lowest for more than a decade.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7144

Heritage hold-up threat to homes (Birmingham Mail) Some of Birmingham’s most traditional homes are under threat after plans for a conservation area were delayed for two years, councillors warned.

Jackie Mould, Director of Be Birmingham, interviewed on BBC R5Live Drive regarding the Total Place Pilot which has been examining how public spending is being used in Birmingham.  The interview focussed on the Gangs theme of the pilot and how the emerging key finding is that prevention is better than cure.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/8504901.stm

Builders merchant fined for dangerous floor (Builders Merchants Journal) Birmingham builders merchant HRA Builders Merchants has been fined £11,585 including costs, following an inspection by officers from Birmingham City Council for building a dangerous mezzanine floor.

Regional Headlines

Anglo-Saxon gold hoard returning to Staffordshire 
Part of the Staffordshire Hoard, a selection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts found in a field in the county, is arriving at the Potteries Museum.

Webcam user jailed for inciting US woman to abuse child 
A 19-year-old man from the West Midlands has been jailed for four years and eight months for inciting a mother in the US to abuse her own child.

Man discovered dead in house fire in Stirchley 
A man has been found dead after fire crews were called to a house fire in the Stirchley area of Birmingham.

National Headlines

Toyota recalls thousands of Prius cars worldwide 
Toyota has announced the recall of about 436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including its latest Prius model, to fix brake problems.

Heathrow BA plane crash caused by ‘unknown’ ice fault 
The fault which caused a plane to crash land at Heathrow Airport was not covered by plane safety requirements at the time, an official report has said.

MPs to decide on vote system referendum 
MPs are to vote on Gordon Brown’s plan for a referendum on changing Britain’s “first past the post” voting system.

BBC to reveal total pay given to radio and TV stars 
The BBC is to reveal the total amount paid to its performers who broadcast on radio and television.

Shop sales suffer ‘worst January for 15 years’ 
The High Street has suffered an “awful” start to the year with the slowest January sales growth for 15 years.

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