Media Watch – June 16

By on 16/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Majority in Birmingham survey favour high speed rail (BBC, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) The majority of residents living along the proposed new high speed rail link route in Birmingham are in favour of the scheme, the city council has said.

A better response to families at a local level (Nursery World) Birmingham City Council plans to retain all 75 of its children’s centres.

Taxpayers foot bill for school’s plush away day (Birmingham Post) A secondary school held a teacher training day at Birmingham’s four-star Hyatt Regency Hotel – and sent the bill for £2,577 to the city council.

£300k sixth form centre saved from the chop (Birmingham Post) Plans for Aston Manor School in Birmingham are back on track.

Midland salute to those who rock (Birmingham Post) Feature looking ahead to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Home of Metal exhibition.

Council streaming a success (Birmingham Post) The first live internet broadcast of a Birmingham City Council meeting has been hailed as a success.

You just can’t beat a bird’s eye view (Birmingham Mail) A pair of peregrine falcons who lived on top of a Birmingham City Council tower block last year liked the city so much they have returned – even though their former home was demolished.

Visitors to the city reach a record high (Birmingham Mail, BBC, Central, Insider Media) Birmingham attracted a record number of visitors last year – bringing an additional £18 million into the city.

Heroes honoured on Walk of Stars (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anita Ward will tonight dedicate Broad Street stars to a trio of unsung heroes – Sir Keith Porter, Lance Corporal Matt Croucher and Laurie Mansfield.

Imagination blooms at Gardeners’ World (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has won a gold medal at the prestigious NEC show for its Akamba Plight of the Gorilla display.

Regional Headlines

Gloom lifts as region’s economy bounces back (Birmingham Post) The West Midlands is taking people off the dole queue faster than anywhere else in the country as the resurgence in the UK’s manufacturing heartland ripples across the region.

Villa close to McLeish decision 
Aston Villa are set to make an announcement on Thursday regarding the vacant manager’s post after talks with Alex McLeish.

Man dies after being hit by bus in West Bromwich
A man has died after being hit by a bus in the West Midlands. A police spokesman said the 53-year-old man appeared to have fallen into the path of a single-decked bus.

National Headlines

‘Worst’ primaries to be academies
Two hundred of the worst-performing primary schools in England are to be converted to academies.

Milburn attacks NHS ‘car crash’
Former Health Secretary Alan Milburn calls the coalition’s amended changes to the NHS in England the “biggest car crash” in the service’s history.

Balls calls for emergency tax cut
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is to call for a temporary emergency tax cut to stimulate the economy, in his first major policy speech since being appointed.

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