Media Watch – June 25

By on 25/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pope to beatify Cardinal John Newman in Birmingham’s Cofton Park (Times, Telegraph,BBC, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) The location for the final day of the Pope’s UK visit later this year has been moved from Coventry to Birmingham.

Redevelopment of New Street Station (BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby interviewed by Ed Doolan.

£3m spin-off from Brum island links (Birmingham Mail) A Jamaican building society will invest £3 million in inner-city businesses as a result  of Birmingham’s growing links with the Caribbean island.

Shop traffic chaos fears (Birmingham Mail) Moseley is at risk if ‘gridlock’ if plans for a new Tesco go ahead unchecked it has been claimed. The City Council’s planning committee,while broadly supportive of the scheme, raised severe concerns over the traffic situation.

Fury as cars left parked over graves (Birmingham Mail) Jewellery Quarter businesses are being asked to dig deep and help relocate historic gravestones being used as parking spaces. Council officials and the church have met to discuss the issue.

Teen newshounds’ anger as axe falls (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of decision to relocate the TNT News Service. The story adds that Cllr Martin Mullaney is investigating ways to maintain the service.

Allotments snapped up (Birmingham Mail) More than two-thirds of plots at Birmingham’s first major new allotments site for three decades have been snapped up. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11206

Birmingham business properties ‘to tackle sustainability’ (UK Business Property) Business property owners setting up firms in Birmingham have a role to play in tackling climate change, it has been revealed. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11166

Regional Headlines

Men injured in separate Birmingham shootings
Two men are in hospital after separate shootings in Birmingham on Thursday.

Man reburied after Walsall Wood grave mix-up
The exhumation has taken place of a man who was buried in a grave reserved for someone else.

Birmingham boys guilty of sexually assaulting sister
Two brothers have been found guilty of sexually assaulting a younger sister.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of the World Cup.

David Cameron urges focus from G8 and G20 summits
David Cameron has arrived in Canada for his first international summit as prime minister, calling for them to be “more than just grand talking shops”.

Welfare cuts put added health strain on population
Cutting welfare budgets could cost lives, say researchers. Analysis of European data showed that a £70 reduction in welfare spending per person is associated with a 2.8% rise in alcohol-related deaths and 1.2% rise in deaths from heart disease.

Council ‘league tables’ to be scrapped to save money
Councils in England will no longer have to report to ministers annually on their performance in key areas.

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