Media Watch – January 10

By on 10/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fast rail line set for go-ahead (Widespread regional and national coverage) The first phase of a new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham is expected to be given the go-ahead by the government later.

City tunnel in night closure (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham’s main city centre tunnels is being shut down at night for more than two months.

Laughter on the menu for kids (Birmingham Mail) Laughter will be the order of the day at a festival set to be staged in Birmingham aimed at getting children giggling.

Cllr John Lines set to be named Lord Mayor (Birmingham Mail) Speculation that Cllr John Lines, has been selected as Lord Mayor elect.

Crash girl’s family in road safety bid (Birmingham Mail) The parents of a schoolgirl killed in a rush-hour collision with a lorry are tonight set to urge council bosses to improve safety measures on the Birmingham road where she died.

Sarehole Mill to go hydro-electric (Birmingham Mail) A famous beauty spot which is said to have inspired Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is to get a new lease of life. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Stone to lead Birmingham’s retail revamp (Estates Gazette)
Network Rail and Birmingham City Council have appointed Keith Stone, Land Securities’ former retail leasing director, to spearhead the leasing of the Pallasades shopping centre in Birmingham as part of the £600m redevelopment of New St station.

Jobs boost with flagship hotel plans (Insider Daily)
An Australian hotel group could establish its first European site in Birmingham if plans for a 300-bed hotel are accepted by councillors this week.

Regional Headlines

London 2012: Olympic rings land at Birmingham Airport control tower
The organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games have announced that the control tower at Birmingham Airport will be decorated with Olympic Rings.

Sabbath guitarist fights cancer
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is to undergo treatment for the early stages of cancer, the band confirm.

National Headlines

Miliband warns Labour on spending
Ed Miliband will tell Labour that it needs to accept there will be less money to spend if it wins the next election.

Four died from smoke inhalation

Three young children and their teenage brother who were killed in a fire at their Lancashire home died of smoke inhalation, post-mortem tests confirm.

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