Media Watch – Jan 4 (pm)

By on 04/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

How Mike's putting our second city first (Express & Star, Pages 1 & 8 ) The Express & Star launches its Birmingham edition today with an exclusive interview with leader Mike Whitby, outlining what he wants the Birmingham of the future to be.

Building to begin on library in Brum (Express & Star, Page 1) The construction of the new £193m library will begin later this week.  Council leader Mike Whitby will officially start the building work.

Council tax rise of 21% claimed (Express & Star, Pages 1 & 14) Council tax in Birmingham rose in real terms by 21 per cent in the past decade, the Tories claimed today.

Warning on jewel cash (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) The continuing recovery of Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter is being threatened by a major council review that could see funding cut, it has been claimed.  Cllr Sir Albert Bore quoted.

So here's to you, old JRR (Birmingham Mail, Page 7, also BBC WM) Drinkers at the Prince of Wales pub in Moseley raised a glass to mark the birthday of JRR Tolkein on Sunday.  Tolkein frequented the pub in his youth.  Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted in the Mail.

Regional Headlines:

Food giant Kraft is set to raise its £10 billion hostile takeover for Cadbury in the next fortnight, according to reports.

Last night was the coldest night for 12 months, with temperatures dropping to minus 8 degrees Celsius.  Forecasters warn that more biting winds and snow are on the way to the West Midlands this week.

The Rainbow pub in Digbeth, which was facing closure following noise complaints, was celebrating today after having raised enough money to soundproof its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service had to respond to a record number of 999 calls in the first few hours of 2010.  1,269 calls were made, mostly for alcohol-related injuries; there was also a host of hoax calls made.

A survey commissioned by beer firm Cobra has shown that one in five people in the West Midlands were happier cooking a curry than other food.

National Headlines:

With 2010 being an election year, the main parties have stepped up their pre-election campaigning.  Labour has released a document which claims to show a £34 billion gap in Conservative spending plans, while Tory leader David Cameron has said that the NHS will be his “number one priority.”  Meanwhile Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said that Labour and Tories were “increasingly alike.”

Renewed financial optimism has helped the FTSE 100 index climb to a 16-month high on the first day of trading in 2010.

A father has pleaded not guilty at Manchester Crown Court to the murder of his two children.

A teenager is in hospital in Cornwall with serious head injuries, after apparently falling 45ft from a hotel balcony in Padstow early this morning.

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