Media Watch – March 3

By on 03/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£90m city boost thanks to market (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s world famous Frankfurt Christmas Market boosted the city’s economy by £89.6million over the festive period last year.

Artwork show (Birmingham Mail) Almost 150 works of art are to go on show in a new exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Gas Hall.

Anger over inspector’s mast decision (Birmingham Mail) Residents are seething after a government inspector overruled city planners by allowing a phone mast to be erected near a school.

Closing dates at old folks homes (Birmingham Mail) The controversial closures of nine Birmingham City Council-run homes for the elderly have been either brought forward or postponed.

Outcry over sacking of governors (Birmingham Mail) Parents and students have joined angry protests over the sacking of 12 governors from a city school (Moseley School).

National treasure (Guardian) The recently discovered Anglo-Saxon treasures are to form part of a new heritage trail tracing the history of Mercia.

A region that’s going places (Guardian) The redevelopment of New Street station is considered vital to the future enhancement of Birmingham city centre and also the way in which the city can be marketed as a “place to connect”. Chris Haynes, Birmingham city council’s head of transportation strategy, says it would be a “catalyst” for the central area. “The redevelopment will mean there are five instead of three entrances and it will provide a pedestrian access route across the city centre that doesn’t yet exist.”

Regional Headlines

Pair deny murdering three-year-old boy in West Midlands 
A three-year-old boy was neglected and killed by a couple being paid by the boy’s mother to look after him, Wolverhampton Crown Court has heard.

Tetley’s cask ale to be brewed outside Yorkshire 
Tetley’s cask ale will be brewed outside Yorkshire for the first time since 1822 after the closure of the historic brewery in Leeds next year. Carlsberg UK has agreed a deal under which ale production will move to the Marston’s brewery in Wolverhampton after the Leeds site shuts in mid-2011.

West Midlands tobacco smuggling gang is jailed 
Three members of a “highly professional” criminal gang who smuggled about 11 million cigarettes to the UK have been jailed.

Appeal lost on Halesowen boy’s Porthcawl pool injury 
A caravan park firm, fined £150,000 after a boy’s “catastrophic” brain injury when he nearly drowned in a pool, has lost a challenge against conviction.

Arrests over Birmingham armed digger bank raid 
Four people have been arrested in connection with the theft of a grave-digging machine which was used in an armed robbery in Birmingham.

National Headlines

James Bulger murderer Jon Venables returned to prison 
One of the killers of two-year-old James Bulger is back in prison after breaching the terms of his release, the Ministry of Justice has said.

Sex offender disclosure scheme to go nationwide 
A scheme allowing parents to check if someone is a sex offender will be rolled out across England and Wales by March 2011, the Home Office says.

ITV returns to profit after cost cuts 
ITV has returned to an annual profit thanks to cost-cutting work and increasing its share of a declining television advertising market.

BBC boss Mark Thompson to meet unions over review cuts 
BBC director general Mark Thompson will meet union leaders later to discuss his planned shake-up of the corporation.

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