Media Watch – July 15 (am)

By on 15/07/2009 in Media Watch

TOP BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL STORIES

City could capitalise on culture bid (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 1) Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has urged Birmingham, or the wider city region, to be amongst the locations submitting bids to become Britain's first City of Culture.

£17m lift to help firms survive (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 11) A multi-million pound package, using the council's allocation of Working Neighbourhood Fund money, has been unveiled to help beat the recession. Support for the scheme has been offered by Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

First Games bid catches city council off guard (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 14) It is claimed that an attempt to bring a future Commonwealth Games to Birmingham has got off to a “shaky start” after the council stated that it was seriously considering a bid to stage the event but nothing concrete was in place yet.

Two are arrested after accounts probe at city secondary school (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 16) A 30-year-old man and a woman aged 53, believed to be non-teaching staff at Stockland Green Technology College, have been arrested. Sources close to the school are reported as saying police began investigating after sums in the region of £250,000 to £500,000 were unaccounted for.

End of wait for highways contract rivals (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 16) A decision on which firm will deliver Birmingham's £2.2billion highways PFI is due at the end of this month, it has emerged.

Hall opens after £12.5m revamp (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 16) Preview coverage of the re-opening of Aston Hall on Saturday.

Brum's Balti trademark bid could be cooked (Birmingham Post, July 15, page 30) Property law firm Marks & Clerks has said any bid by the council to “trademark” the balti could fall foul of a European legal decision relating to Bavarian beer, which allowed a Dutch brewery to produce the beverage.

Regional Headlines

Members of Birmingham's Muslim community say they feel under suspicion following the recent military deaths in Afghanistan (BBC Radio WM).

Further coverage of news that Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, the former LDV owner, may sever his links with the UK (Birmingham Post).

National Headlines

A fifth of English local authorities are reporting increased pressure on school places due to the recession, the Local Government Association says.

A 19-year-old British backpacker missing in Australia for 12 days has been found alive.

A huge expansion of wind power, home insulation and “smart” electricity meters are among measures being planned by ministers to build the UK’s low-carbon future.

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