Media Watch – July 15

By on 15/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

D-Day for culture bid (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BRMB, Smooth, Express and Star) The long wait is nearly over as Birmingham finds out tonight whether it has won the coveted UK City of Culture title.

Birmingham: We are a city of culture (BBC Online) Birmingham waits with baited breath to hear if it is to become the first UK City of Culture.
Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes interviewed by Steve Dyson (BBC WM)

Work axed by falcon family (Birmingham Mail) Work on demolishing an eyesore condemned Birmingham tower block was delayed because a family of squatters moved in. But council bosses were in no hurry to evict this family – because it was a pair of peregrine falcons and their four chicks.

City centre needs space (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has been accused of ‘shying away’ from hosting large outdoor events in the city centre by a senior councillor. (Cllr Philip Parkin)

Peace plan in Leader v Mayor row (Birmingham Mail) A peacemaking group of city councillors may be formed to rule on ‘turf war’ disputes involving the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. The idea is the main recommendation to come from an investigation set up following claims that the city’s first citizen is in danger of being overshadowed at official functions by council leader Mike Whitby.

Project Catastrophe (Birmingham Post) Ongoing reports about the Project Champion CCTV cameras.

Museum restoration plan (Birmingham Post) The hidden, bomb damaged rooftop of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will be revealed and restored as part of a lottery funded revamp.

CBSO celebrates a record season as audience numbers grow (Birmingham Post) The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (core funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council) is celebrating a record-breaking season after audience numbers swelled to 115,000.

Birmingham City Council to make £230m of savings (BBC Online) Birmingham City Council estimates it will have to make £230m of savings during the next four years.

Regional Headlines

Marine died ‘when he triggered unstable bomb’
A Royal Marine from Birmingham died in Afghanistan when he triggered a bomb which had failed to detonate despite being driven over by at least 26 vehicles, an inquest heard.

Children injured in West Bromwich coach crash
Three six-year-olds were taken to hospital after a coach carrying children on their way to a school trip was involved in a collision with a car.

Man sought over Bilston wedding guest murder named
Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a wedding guest during a disturbance outside a Black Country pub have named a man they wish to trace. Police said they want 22-year-old Ricky Shaw, from Bilston, to contact them after Thomas Berry, 34, was killed during a fight in the town on Saturday.

National Headlines

Vince Cable to propose graduate tax in funding rethink
Business Secretary Vince Cable is to suggest a graduate tax could be brought in to make England’s student funding system fairer and more sustainable.

Gunman Raoul Moat asked for psychiatric help
Social workers were told by gunman Raoul Moat that he wanted to see a psychiatrist in the months before he murdered his ex-partner’s boyfriend.

UK soldiers killed by rogue Afghan named by MoD
Tributes have been paid to three UK servicemen killed by a rogue Afghan soldier in Helmand province.

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