Media Watch – July 23 (am)

By on 23/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum told ‘go for it’ in city of culture contest (Birmingham Post) Liverpool is encouraging Birmingham to bid for ‘City of Culture in 2013′.   Deputy Leader, Cllr  Paul Tilsley, quoted: saying ‘Birmingham can make a compelling case, but it is only right and proper that we thoroughly evaluate the costs and benefits’.

Academy is ‘on target' (Birmingham Post) A shortlist of interested sponsors has been drawn up in a bid to get a Birmingham academy off the ground.  Fears were growing over the proposed Harborne Academy.  Sir Robert Dowling, BCC’s lead officer on academies, quoted.

Work started on homeless centre (Birmingham Mail) Work has started on a £13.5million apartment block and community centre, to help people who are homeless.  It's for a new YMCA development in Reservoir Rd, Erdington.  It will be run by the YMCA and also Aston based Mercian Housing Assoc.

Thousands cheer returning soldiers during city parade (Birmingham Post) Troops who risked their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq received a heroes’ welcome as they marched through Birmingham yesterday.  150 members of the 26th RRA, received the Freedom of the City from the Lord Mayor on behalf of the people of Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Euro loan of £340m to JLR finally in sight (Birmingham Post) A long awaited deal to seal government guarantees over a crucial £340 million European Investment Bank loan for Jaguar Land Rover is finally within sight.

Backing for city Metro extensions: (Birmingham Post) Central govt last night gave its multi-million pound backing to plans for an extension of the Metro system in Birmingham and the Black Country.

National Headlines

Pandemic flu service to go live

£1bn plan to electrify rail line

Six minute eclipse of sun (longest in 21st century) over China and India



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