Media Watch – July 20 (pm)

By on 20/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Star spangled boost for Olympics (BBC Midlands Today) USA athletics team & BCC drawing up draft contract to use city as base during Olympics. Recommendations going to cabinet next week. Jamaican Olympic team also rumoured to be interested. Archive footage of the Leader with Stephanie Hightower from USA track & field.

Firm shut after food poisoning (Birmingham Mail) BCC have closed meal machine in Nechells after it was linked to outbreak amongst 44 police officers who had eaten a packed lunch.

Children's services 'can't cope' (Birmingham Mail) Repeat of Post story.

Fast track plan to get people moving (Birmingham Mail) Mike Olley from Broad Street Business Improvement District (BID) proposing rapid transit vehicle with its own priority lane for city and are approaching BCC and Centro for funding.

Together in friendship (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of Eid Mela and the Big Lunch. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Historic day for old hall (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of Aston Hall welcoming visitors to its re-launch, including Ozzy Osborne lookalike Izzy Ozzy.

Let's salute our Bull Ring heroes (Birmingham Mail) Market Trader Awards 2009 launched, members of the public are invited to nominate their favourite market trader.

Regional Headlines

Struggling Midlands car firms in funding boost £3.5m to be made available to local firms from govt agency Accelerate.

Tourism industry banking on boost Hoteliers hopeful that the predicted rise in 'staycations' will mean more holidaymakers visiting from within UK.

£12million visitor centre opens in Ironbridge in Shropshire, in continuation of the 'staycation theme'; they have reported their busiest Easter for 20 years.

National Headlines

Britain’s 'equality czar' Trevor Phillips faces renewed criticism of his leadership amid a damning new Whitehall audit report and a string of resignations.

The threat of a terrorist strike has been downgraded from severe to substantial, putting the risk of an attack at the lowest level since just before 7/7.

The government says there will be 10000 more university places in England this autumn – in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Moon landing remembered 40 years on.

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