Media Watch – June 13

By on 13/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City rivals call truce (Birmingham Mail) A peace deal has been struck to end decades of rivalry in the bid to be England’s official second city. Birmingham City Council’s new Labour leader Sir Albert Bore and his Manchester counterpart Sir Richard Leese agreed to strengthen ties between the cities.

Boost for city fitness drive (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s hugely popular Be active scheme has been extended to take in new sports in a bid to cash in on Britain’s massive summer of sport.

London 2012: Centre ‘crucial’ in attracting US team to Birmingham (BBC) As Birmingham prepares to host the US Track and Field team ahead of the Olympics, top UK Athletics (UKA) coach Aston Moore is stressing the value of the city’s “High Performance Centre”.

City tram extension work begins (BBC) Work begins on a multi-million pound tram extension in the city centre of Birmingham.

Call centre not to blame for frustration with Birmingham City Council services, claims report (Birmingham Mail) Frustrated callers to Birmingham City Council's £181.5 million call centre are being let down by council departments failing to tackle the problems, an inquiry has found.

Regional Headlines

Race ‘issue’ in stop and searches
Police looking for weapons are more likely to stop and search black, Asian and mixed-race people than white people in the West Midlands, research suggests.

Man ‘murdered in family dispute’
A Warwickshire man was stabbed to death outside a social club after being caught up in another family’s dispute, a court hears.

National Headlines

Firms set to lift hosepipe bans
Anglian, Southern and Thames Water are to end hosepipe bans in their regions after wet weather eases pressure on England’s water system.

MPs to vote on Hunt investigation
MPs are set to vote on a Labour move to have Jeremy Hunt investigated over his handling of News Corp’s BSkyB bid, with the Lib Dems expected to abstain.

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