Media Watch – January 3

By on 03/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

New Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre opens for business (BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed.

Usain’s Bolt-hole is a fillip for Birmingham (Daily Express) Article looking ahead to Birmingham hosting training camps for both Jamaica and the USA. Leader of the council Mike Whitby quoted.

Teacher ‘bit child’ at Brum school (Birmingham Mail) A teacher has been suspended from a Birmingham school (Bournville School) amid claims a pupil was bitten.

Bra-in-bin support (The Sun) Women in Birmingham are being urged to put bras into pink recycling bins beside bottle banks and newspaper skips.

Museum work continues for Birmingham history galleries (BBC) The next stage of a £9m museum project dedicated to the history of Birmingham is under way.

Last chance to speak out on cash cuts (Birmingham Mail) People in Birmingham have less than a week to comment on plans to cut £65 million from the city council’s budgets next year.

Contract firm told to raise standards (Birmingham Mail) A central heating contractor which has kept more than 1,000 Birmingham council tenants waiting for boiler repairs has been told it has until the end of January to improve its performance. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Bid to curb out-of-town taxi drivers (Birmingham Mail) Up to 650 Birmingham black cab drivers have applied for licences in Shropshire because the conditions are less strict.

Author heads for Brum with a new thriller (Birmingham Mail) Australian crime writer Michael Robotham will be visiting Birmingham Library Theatre next month to promote his latest thriller.

Torch shines light on London games (Birmingham Mail) It’s the final countdown – Birmingham Olympic medal-winning past and potential future joined forces to mark the last few months’ waiting for next year’s Games.

Thousands ready to give new race a tri (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is set to host another major sporting event which is tipped to bring thousands of visitors to the city.

Regional Headlines

Man critical after groups clash
A young man is critically ill in hospital after two groups clashed outside a West Midlands pub in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Birmingham new year attack victim seriously hurt
A 23-year-old man is seriously ill in hospital after being attacked near a Birmingham nightclub.

National Headlines

Save care system, say campaigners
A letter signed by leading health bodies and charities urges politicians to transform England’s “failing” social care system.

Focus on weapons at deaths house
Police investigating the deaths of three women and the man who shot them at a house in County Durham are expected to focus on the gunman’s six weapons licences.

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