Media Watch – March 22

By on 22/03/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

£1m plan for city stadium (Express & Star) Over a million pounds is set to be spent on improvements to the Alexander Stadium in time for the 2012 Olympics.  Facilities at the Perry Barr stadium are being updated in preparation for Team GB training and to provide a base for one of the major athletics teams for the duration of the Games.  The Council will be asked this week to approve the release of £50, 000 of development funding to progress the proposals to full business case.
 
Business backs Culture Capital bid (midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk, birminghampost.net) Business Voice WM has announced its backing for Birmingham’s bid to be the UK City of Culture for 2013.  BVWM chairman Barrie Williams said, “On the merits alone there is no doubt that Birmingham is best placed to be the UK Capital of Culture.”
 
“Lead by example” (Inside Housing) Cllr John Lines, cabinet member for housing, wrote an article in the latest issue concerning the tragic consequences of anti-social behaviour and how it can be prevented.  He wrote, “for too long, too much emphasis has been placed on tenants’ rights at the expense of their responsibilities.”

A-BCC visit to Birmingham City Council (Arab-British Business) Feature on a visit to Birmingham by senior representatives from the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.  The piece mentions Debra Davis (Director of Public Affairs & Communication), Mike Murray (Lead Officer, International Links), Cllr Alan Rudge and the Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Wilkes.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Touching tributes paid to ex Lord Mayor Mike Nangle (Birmingham Mail) Tributes to Mike Nangle, who lost his battle with cancer on Saturday.

Khyra, Baby P… but Labour's response will cause more children to suffer (Guardian) Opinion piece on the culture of 'modern day witch-hunts' and bureaucracy that accompany child abuse cases. “No one is allowed to say what is inescapable: child abuse is a terrible thing that has always happened and always will”.

Continuing and widespread coverage of the sacking of 6 children's social workers.

Child services boss 'to quit' (Birmingham Mail) Speculation over whether children's services boss Tony Howell plans to take early retirement this summer.

Owner of filthy takeaway who fled spared jail term (Birmingham Mail) A takeaway owner who went on the run and had to be recaptured by Met Police when his filthy shop was raided by council officers, has been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

Golden £1.3m grant means hoard stays (Birmingham Mail) Speculation that the grant needed to keep the staffs hoard in Birmingham will be approved by the National Heritage Memorial Fund tomorrow.

Sex education not all about the sex (Birmingham Mail) Pupils have produced a leaflet to encourage teachers to make sex education more appropriate and take out the 'cringe factor' in discussing sex.

Welcome to Norwich…or should that be, the Athens of the east? (Independent on Sunday) An assessment of Norwich, a rival in Birmingham's bid to become UK City of Culture.

Hammer time for mayor's charity (Birmingham Mail) This year's Lord Mayor's charity auction will be held on April 1st.

Bev's knight on the tiles (Sunday Mercury) Soul singer Beverley Knight has been honoured with her own star on Birmingham's Walk of Stars.

Regional Headlines:

Teenager in court charged with murder in Quinton.

Numerous execs at Cadbury are to be integrated into new Kraft structure.

A £10,000 reward has been offered by Network Rail to find vandals who left concrete blocks and rubber tyres in the path of trains in Staffordshire.

National Headlines:

Ex-cabinet minister Stephen Byers has asked Parliament’s standards watchdog to investigate claims he secured secret deals with ministers for firms.

Gordon Brown has set out plans to ensure super-fast broadband for every home, in a move he claimed could slash billions from public service costs and create more than 250000 jobs.

Soham murderer Ian Huntley has been given treatment to neck wound following attack by fellow inmate.

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