Media Watch- March 23

By on 23/03/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Hoard saved for the West Midlands (BBC News channel, BBC News online) The Staffordshire Hoard is to remain in the West Midlands, after the £3.3 million purchase price was met.  The Anglo-Saxon treasure was found in a field in Staffordshire by a metal-detecting enthusiast last July.  A grant of £1,285,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund has been added to money already raised by Birmingham and Stoke councils.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories
Yanks for all your support, America! (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's bid to become the City of Culture has been backed by America's Olympic Games athletics squad. Editorial thanks the team for its support.

Tesco-row scheme is redrawn (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham residents furious against plans to build a Tesco supermarket are expected to pack out a public meeting tomorrow night. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Houses 'must go' for cricket plan (Birmingham Mail) Owners of houses standing in the way of Warwickshire County Cricket Club's £30 million ground improvement plan look set to be forced out of their homes. Cllr Deidre Alden and Cllr James Hutchings quoted.

No easy ride for immigrant cabbies (Birmingham Mail) Immigrants and refugees arriving from war-torn countries will no longer have an easy ride into a career as taxi drivers in Birmingham under plans being considered by city licensing chiefs. Cllr Bruce Lines and Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Legionnaires' risk at cooling towers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham council chiefs have pledged to conduct more rigorous checks on the city's cooling towers in a bid to slash the risk of potentially-fatal outbreak of legionnaires' disease. Council health and safety team manager, Andy Lucas quoted.

Voting station axed over 'intimidation' (Birmingham Mail) Intimidation and harassment at a Birmingham polling station has led the city council to promise a new venue will be used for the General Election.

Business backs Birmingham’s City of Culture bid (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's business community has thrown its weight behind the city's bid to be the UK's City of Culture for 2013. Business Voice WM believes the West Midlands has been so hard hit in the recession that it badly needs such a boost. BVWM chairman Barrie Williams quoted.

Regional Headlines

Colleges across the West Midlands say they fear having to drop hundreds of courses due to funding cuts.

Police have been granted more time to question a murder suspect after a 25-year-old is stabbed to death in Birmingham.

A Birmingham University student has been found dead in flat.

National Headlines

Three ex-ministers are suspended by the Parliamentary Labour Party for bringing it “into disrepute” over lobbying claims.

The BBC uncovers hundreds of parliamentary rule breaches by MPs who accepted free trips abroad from foreign governments

China says Google’s decision to stop censoring search results is “totally wrong” and violates a promise to abide by Chinese laws.



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