Media Watch – June 21

By on 21/06/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Victims’ Champion named (ITV Central, BBC WM,Birmingham Mail, B31 Voices) Longbridge Ward councillor Jess Phillips has been named as Birmingham’s first Victims’ Champion.

Leader Ed is backing city plans (Birmingham Mail) Labour leader Ed Miliband has backed Birmingham’s plans to seize control of public transport and build thousands of homes.

New proposal to end five year wait for regeneration (Birmingham Post) Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has revised plans for a Selly Oak regeneration scheme after five years spent trying to get the regeneration off the ground. The proposals are due before Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee today.

Developer caught out by Edgbaston spin off payment (Birmingham Post) The developer behind the transformation of Warwickshire’s cricket ground has claimed that it cannot pay almost £1.5 million spin off cash as early as promised to the city council, due to a slump in the housing market.

Thousands to line the streets as Olympic torch comes to town (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Birmingham to see the torch relay next weekend.

Regional Headlines

The Voyage ship in Birmingham square
A 50ft replica of half a ship has been installed in Birmingham city centre as part of a London 2012 Festival show.

Private prison ‘faces challenges’
The first prison in the UK to be run by the private sector faces “significant strategic challenges”, a report finds.

Concern over anti-social action
West Midlands Police is among the worst performing forces in dealing with anti-social behaviour, a survey by the Inspectorate of Constabulary shows.

National Headlines

Tough new exams to replace GCSEs
Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to scrap GSCEs for England and return to O-level-style exams, the BBC understands.

Jimmy Carr: My terrible error
Comedian Jimmy Carr says he has made a “terrible error of judgement” over using a tax avoidance scheme and has pulled out of it.

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