Media Watch – March 11

By on 11/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Wholesale markets to be revamped (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM) Birmingham’s wholesale market area is to be revamped as a retail leisure hub called Birmingham Smithfield. Sir Albert Bore interviewed.

Child poverty figures (BBC Radio WM) Coverage relating to a draft report prepared for the city council highlighting high rates of child poverty in certain parts of city. Comments from Sir Albert Bore on this issue made during interview about wholesale markets.

A world awaits Brum’s golden summer of sport (Birmingham Mail) Double-page spread on major sporting events in Birmingham this year. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward talking about the city hosting the Ashes, Rugby World Cup matches and Diamond League athletics.

Work to take twice as long as Spaghetti Junction (BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham Mail) The Highways Agency has announced that repairs to Spaghetti Junction are likely to take twice as long after further damage was discovered during waterproofing work. Midlands Today report quotes council spokesperson confirming that waterproofing on council-maintained Aston Expressway, built at the same time as Spaghetti Junction, had already been carried out. Birmingham Mail did not approach council for comment.

Brum’s iconic library sailing around world (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s flagship new library is setting sail around the world on the biggest cruise liner ever built for British holidaymakers. The library takes pride of place in an artwork aboard Britannia designed to show off the spirit of modern Britain.

Owner fined over mincer horror (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a Birmingham food store has been ordered to pay more than £25,000 after a worker lost his hand in a meat mincer. Birmingham Crown Court heard the machine was back in use within minutes of the accident. References the fact the case was brought by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines:

Pub bombings campaigners are returning to London today to meet with Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper in their quest to seek the truth behind the 1974 attacks in Birmingham.

Ten former armed services workers – including an ex-military engineer who lost both legs in Afghanistan – have been offered new careers with Jaguar Land Rover.

National Headlines:

The BBC is expected to scrap the remainder of the current Top Gear TV series after allegations that presenter Jeremy Clarkson punched a producer. The presenter has been suspended pending an investigation.

Broadcasters are breaching impartiality rules and “playing politics” in the row over election debates, says Lord Grade. The ex-BBC, ITV and Channel 4 boss said it was “not acceptable for unelected journalists” to replace David Cameron with an “empty chair” if he refused to take part in any televised debates.


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