Media Watch – July 15 (pm)

By on 15/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham’s bid for culture city  (BBC)
Birmingham is to bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture.
The city council’s revelation follows the government’s announcement that it is looking for a city to take on the title in 2013. Story also covered by Birmingham Mail while Cllr Martin Mullaney was interviewed by Ed Doolan on WM.

Birmingham will need 50 new primary schools because of the predicted birth rate rise (Birmingham Mail 15 July)  Education chiefs in Birmingham today warned of a ticking timebomb with the equivalent of 50 new primary schools needed in ten years' time. 

City pledge on rubbish (Birmingham Mail 15 July)  Birmingham City Council has repeated its pledge that it will never introduce fortnightly rubbish collections.

Aston Hall reopens after £12.5million repair (Birmingham Mail 15 July)  Legendary figures from King Charles 1 to Ozzy Osbourne will be out and about when historic Aston Hall opens its doors for the first time following its £12.5million renovation.

Library reopens (Birmingham Mail 15 July)  A Birmingham Library which was closed amid huge protests and petitions by residents has been reopened.

Top acts fly in for mela at city park (Birmingham Mail 15 July)  Islamic culture is to be celebrated by thousands of families this weekend as Birmingham stages its annual Eid Mela.

Regional Headlines

Boy, 3, dies playing on trampoline in garden (Birmingham Mail 15 July) A three-year-old boy has died after collapsing while he bounced on a trampoline at his family home in Birmingham.

Four times as many war injuries at hospital (Birmingham Mail 15 July) Birmingham doctors treating British military casualties today revealed they have been inundated with four times as many battle injured soldiers from Afghanistan in the past month compared to a year ago.

Head denies holiday expense abuse  (BBC)
A head teacher made “opportunistic use” of school funds for Caribbean holidays, a disciplinary panel heard.

National Headlines

Record rise in UK jobless total

Brown defiant on Afghan equipment

Missing backpacker found alive

UK 'backs Blair for UK president'

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