Media Watch – March 13

By on 13/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council's director of regulatory services Jacqui Kennedy appeared on BBC WM to discuss the Birmingham Alcohol Strategy 2012-2016.

Hotel plans just grand, say watchdogs (Birmingham Mail) Heritage watchdogs have given the thumbs-up to a £30 million scheme to bring Birmingham’s most iconic hotel back to its former glory.

Reception is bad for mast near church (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Nursery children and churchgoers have united in protest at plans for a mobile phone mast just yards from their doorstep.

Fears as brutal combat skills show returns (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s public protection chief (Cllr Neil Eustace) today said he was ‘disturbed’ at the return of a combat expert who sparked outrage when he held killing training camps for Brummies in response to last year’s riots.

Hypocrisy claim in library hours battle (Birmingham Mail) City councillors have accused each other of hypocrisy over their response to cuts in library opening times.

New square named after Birmingham author Kathleen Dayus (BBC) A new public square dedicated to a Birmingham author has been opened in the city. Dayus Square in the Jewellery Quarter has been named after the late Kathleen Dayus who was born in Hockley in 1903.

School one of first to get top marks under new guidelines (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham primary school (Woodthorpe Junior and Infants) has become one of the first in the country to get top marks under tough new guidelines for Ofsted.

Regional Headlines

Helicopters in 2012 opera event
An opera involving four helicopters will be performed at a former chemical plant in Birmingham as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Bishop probes causes of poverty
The Bishop of Birmingham is spearheading an inquiry into the causes of poverty in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Cameron and Obama hail relations
David Cameron and Barack Obama describe the “unique and essential” relationship between the US and UK ahead of a visit by the prime minister to Washington.

Metal hips ‘should not be fitted’
Metal-on-metal hip replacements have a much higher failure rate than other options and “should not be implanted”, say researchers.

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