Media Watch – July 14 (am)

By on 14/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Funding problem remains as ambitious £90m investment plan for city pools backed (Birmingham Post)
The biggest investment in Birmingham’s council-run swimming pools for decades received political backing yesterday, but the politician in charge of delivering the vision has admitted he can’t yet be sure how the £90million-plus transformation will be paid for.

Record number of foodies help Taste event boom in the face of crunch (Birmingham Post)
This year’s Taste of Birmingham defied the economic downturn and unpredictable weather to attract a record number of food fans to Canon Hill Park

High-speed rail route debate sparks call for NEC stop off (Birmingham Post)
Planned high-speed rail services to the city must include a stop at Birmingham International and NEC, MPs have warned.

BBC Radio WM: Follow up to yesterday’s Post and Mail stories about investigations into the Victoria Square fountain leaks. Chris Rice (Heritage Services) interviewed.

Regional Headlines

Son, soldier, artist – but too young to die a hero (Birmingham Post, page 1) Just two years ago, talented Joe Murphy was picking up an A* for art GCSE. But he followed his dream of becoming a soldier and today the 18-year-old’s parents are preparing to see his body flown home from war-torn Afghanistan.

Eight soldiers’ bodies flown home  (BBC)
The bodies of eight British soldiers killed in Afghanistan in a single 24-hour period will be flown back to Britain later. Two of the dead from the West Midlands.

Eastside courts plan a step closer to reality (Birmingham Post)
Plans for a stunning new magistrates court complex in Eastside have taken another major step forward after the land was secured by Her Majesty’s Court Service.

Pair admit sham wedding offences  (BBC)
A mother and son from the West Midlands have admitted arranging “sham” marriages for foreign nationals, mainly from Africa and Jamaica.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage questioning UK involvement in Afghanistan

‘Care insurance’ planned for old

BBC chiefs’ bonuses ‘suspended’

Iraqis to sue UK for compensation

Continues swine flu coverage



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