Media Watch – March 26

By on 26/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

I'd consider standing for elected mayor (BBC Radio WM - Breakfast Show) Ladywood MP Clare Short has revealed she would consider standing for election as Birmingham's first elected mayor should such a role be created in future.

Brown: We will consult on new rail link plans (Birmingham Mail, Gordon Brown has said the concerns of businesses and residents whose properties could be demolished if a high speed rail link is built will be listened to as part of the effort to develop the plans.

Third ICC date for Tories' meeting (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM, The Stirrer, The Conservative Party is to stage its conference in the city for a third time in 2012. The decision has been praised by many including Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham.

City's roads to get £2.7billion (Birmingham Mail, Smooth Radio, Heart FM) The Government has rubber-stamped £600million of funding that will form part of the city's wider Highways PFI programme. Cllr Len Gregory quoted as saying that the cash was crucial for the project's success.

New way of life at retirement village (Birmingham Mail, BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM) Birmingham’s first retirement village has opened in New Oscott, providing homes for 260 people aged over 55 at a cost of £37million. Cllr John Lines interviewed and quoted as saying the city-wide project will ultimately create five villages.

Dutton's role: 50 hopefuls rejected (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the news that the effort to find a replacement for the council's director of regeneration is ongoing after more than 50 applicants were told they were not suitable for the high-profile job.

City sticks with election count (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is likely to count general election votes immediately after polls close, it has emerged. The latest development follows speculation that the count may not be held until the next day.

25,000 signatures attracted for flight petition (BBC Radio WM, The Stirrer, A campaign to get flights between Birmingham and India reinstated is gathering pace. Council Leader Mike Whitby quoted in support of the move.

Spending control offer for better services (Financial Times) Local government bodies are set to be given the offer of more freedom over how to spend money in return for delivering cheaper, better services. The offer has been made as part of the Total Place agenda. Stephen Hughes is quoted.

Antique Social Behaviour Orders (The Sun) An ASBO-style list published in 1904 contained details of people banned from entering Birmingham pubs. A council source from 2010 is quoted as saying the unearthed document shows that anti-social behaviour was not a product of the current generation.

Diverting A45 for runway to cost £32million (Birmingham Mail) The cost of making the transport changes needed to accommodate an extension of Birmingham Airport's runway has emerged in a report due before Cabinet next week.

The PR Week Power Book 2010 (PR Week) Profile piece of Debra Davis, Director of Public Affairs and Communications - in which she says “pompous business transformation speak” is one of the worst things about working in PR.

Regional Headlines

One of the men convicted of killing Craig Hodson-Walker at a post office in Worcestershire could have been arrested before the killing, the police watchdog the IPPC has said (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM, BBC Website,, Sky News).

National Headlines

The Vatican attacks the media over charges that Benedict XVI did not do enough about a US priest accused of abuse.

The Times and Sunday Times newspapers will start charging to access their websites in June, News International announces.

Gordon Brown has called for more dialogue between Network Rail and unions to prevent the first national strike for 16 years.



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