Media Watch – Jan 15 (am)

By on 15/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Half a million raised for campaign to keep Staffordshire Hoard in Midlands (Culture24) A £3.3million campaign to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands has been boosted by £300,000 from The Art Fund. Birmingham City Council and Stoke on Trent Council have also both announced £100,000 in grants towards the appeal.


Big freeze turning up heat for Birmingham home repairs (Birmingham Post Online) Birmingham City Council’s housing call centre has been inundated with a staggering 7000 calls a day from council house tenants reporting faulty or broken down central heating.

Cemetery digger used in Birmingham bank raid 
Robbers stole a grave-digging machine from a cemetery then used it to carry out an armed raid at a Birmingham bank. Three workers at Handsworth Cemetery were tied up by the gang who drove off in the small machine.

The biggest development role in local government (The Municipal Journal) The biggest development role in local government is on offer as Birmingham City Council seeks to appoint its first strategic director of development.

When Birmingham was workshop of the world (Building Design online)
A new book shows how Birmingham's industrial rise was echoed by a growth in architectural talent. A recent exhibition, Birmingham Seen, in the Gas Hall of the Birmingham City Art Gallery, assembled a diverse collection of art and photography reflecting the massive changes in the 19th and 20th century city. One exhibit was an 1820 painting of the view from St Philip's, later the Cathedral, showing fields in the town, not yet a city. Its later dynamic growth, subsequently paralleled elsewhere, earned it the name the workshop of the world.

Regional Headlines

Chiltern rail plans could cut travel times to London 
A £250m scheme which aims to cut rail journey times between London, Oxford and Birmingham has been announced.

Changes made to Solihull Hospital maternity unit 
Solihull Hospital has said it will only allow “low risk” births to take place in its maternity unit.

Footage shows near miss on Black Country level crossing 
CCTV of a pedestrian risking his life on a level crossing in the Black Country has been released by Network Rail as part of a shock campaign.

Parents clear icy path to school in Halesowen 
A group of parents cleared the path up a steep hill to their children’s school so youngsters could go to lessons for the first time in a week. Our Lady and St Kenelm RC Primary School, which is on the top of Bundle Hill, Halesowen, in the West Midlands, was first shut more than a week ago.

National Headlines

George Osborne vows to cut public spending immediately 
The Conservatives would start to cut public spending straight away if they won the General Election, shadow chancellor George Osborne has said.

Bosch to quit south Wales with the loss of 900 jobs 
Around 900 jobs will be lost after the motor parts manufacturer Bosch said it is to close its south Wales plant.

Woman killed as she tries to stop car thief 
A thief has run over and killed a woman who tried to stop him stealing her sports car in Greater Manchester.

UK rescue team search for survivors in quake-hit Haiti 
British rescue workers have begun trying to find survivors among the devastation in earthquake-hit Haiti.

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