Media Watch – June 27

By on 27/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Chinese Premier visits Birmingham Widespread coverage of Wen Jiabao’s visit to Longbridge.

Fake That (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Cllr Neil Eustace warns Take That fans not to buy counterfeit merchandise at Villa Park tonight.

Showing respect for our brave heroes (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anita Ward, led the way as Birmingham marked Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

King’s statue stands proud (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham The restoration of one of Birmingham’s historic statues has been completed – with King Edward VII joined by three bronze figures.

Plea to stop long New Street queues (Birmingham Mail) Architects behind the £600 million transformation of New Street Station have been told to improve access for cars and cabs.

Birmingham City Council reduces India IT job numbers (BBC) Birmingham City Council has decided to reduce the number of jobs it plans to outsource to India.

Worries over cut in graffiti funds (Birmingham Mail) A highly successful city-wide anti-graffiti campaign which has cleaned up buildings and seen 365 offenders arrested is under threat, it has been claimed.

Illegal parkers targeted (Birmingham Mail) Parents who park outside Birmingham’s biggest school (Great Barr School) will be slapped with fines after safety measures and double yellow lines were introduced this week.

Stars come out for museum metal show (Birmingham Mail) Slade singer Noddy Holder, former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing and Brian Tatler from Diamond Head were among the guests for the official opening of Birmingham’s Home of Metal exhibition.

Streets clear for city’s Sky Riders (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets on two wheels for Sky Ride Birmingham next week.

City centre set to banish car traffic (Birmingham Mail) Many city centre streets may be off limits to private cars within two years to help public transport run more smoothly.

Brum pubs throw darts into decline (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Cllr John Clancy has launched a campaign calling on pubs in Birmingham to bring back dartboards before a slice on English culture is lost.

Lock-Down (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council warn motorists to expect traffic congestion as Take That play the first of two concerts at Villa Park tonight.

Consultation over signs (Birmingham Mail) Confusing signals at a busy Birmingham junction could be taken down.

Regional Headlines

Man is charged over crash death
A man is charged in connection with a fatal crash in Oldbury, when a 24-year-old man was killed two days before his 25th birthday.

Eid attack teenager jailed for 32 years
A teenager has been sentenced to 32 years in a young offenders institution for attempting to murder a security guard at a funfair in Birmingham.

National Headlines

China and UK in £1bn trade deal
British business hopes to sign deals worth more than £1bn when the Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao meets David Cameron at Downing Street later.

MoD ‘waste’ targeted in shake-up
Defence Secretary Liam Fox is due to announce major changes to the Ministry of Defence, in an attempt to tackle waste and bureaucracy.

Talks to avert teachers’ strike
Ministers and union leaders are set for talks aimed at halting strike action on Thursday by teachers and civil servants.

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