Media Watch – June 16

By on 16/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum bus on road to culture final (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM, Midlands Today, BRMB, Smooth) A top team of dancers, musicians and acrobats were in Liverpool today showcasing the best of Birmingham in the fight to be crowned UK City of Culture. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11072

Mark puts his shirt on a city success (Birmingham Mail) A cultural map of Birmingham featuring Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, Duran Duran and the balti is the winning entry in the contest to design a T-shirt for the city’s Capital of Culture bid. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11030

Residents are increasingly setting up their own ‘hyperlocal’ websites - should councils be worried? (Guardian) Article focusses on Birmingham website bccdiy.com

City’s £100m council cuts (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham City Council has revealed that it expects to cut budgets by a whopping £100 million over the next two years to comply with the government’s public spending clampdown.

Plea to keep library open (Birmingham Mail) Residents staged a protest to save their Birmingham community centre and library (Hawthorn House) from closure.

Regional Headlines

First patients at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham’s new £545m hospital has started taking some of its first patients.

Review of plans follows Birmingham shooting
A firm which organised an event where four people were shot says it will not hold similar events in the future.

New £5m MG design studio unveiled at Longbridge site
A £5m design studio and technical centre for MG models has opened at the former Longbridge factory.

National Headline

Widespread coverage ahead of the World Cup.

Paratroopers criticise Bloody Sunday report findings
Some of the paratroopers who served in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday have criticised the Saville Report.

Lower drink-drive limit proposed 
A review of the drink-drive limit being published later is expected to recommend that it be nearly halved.
 
Osborne ‘to give Bank of England top regulatory role’

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce later that the Bank of England will be given the key role in regulating the UK financial sector.

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