Media Watch – March 31

By on 31/03/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham’s search for the magic formula (Guardian) Birmingham city council has already cut 2,000 jobs but needs to further reduce spending by £74m. Its chief executive explains how he plans to deliver the savings while working to protecting services.

Birmingham bog which inspired Tolkien to be restored  (BBC) A Birmingham nature reserve that was a favourite childhood playground of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has been awarded a £376,500 lottery grant. The reserve is owned by Birmingham City Council and managed by the Friends of Moseley Bog and a wildlife trust.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery featured in The Guardian’s ‘1,000 things for Kids to do’ over the Easter holidays.

They can’t even spell Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses forced to replace postal polling cards after printing the wrong date on them have made a second blunder.

Engineering academy is set for city (Birmingham Mail) A new engineering academy in Birmingham aimed at young people will be opened within two years, the government has pledged.

Library gets to the point (Birmingham Mail) First pictures of a new state-of-the-art library that will form the centrepiece of the £41million regeneration of Shard End.

Farewell to former Lord Mayor (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s first Irish Lord Mayor Mike Nangle was described as ‘a true Brummie, a trade unionist and a political activist’ as scores of former colleagues and friends paid their last respects.

A modern day gold rush (Globe and Mail, Canada) Last year’s discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard drew the world’s attention, but Birmingham offers more cultural riches.

Carers’ service celebrates first anniversary (PA News Wire) A specialist support service for carers in Birmingham is celebrating its first anniversary with a call for more carers to come forward for help.

Regional Headlines

Funds of £12m pledged to West Midlands manufacturing 
Manufacturing in the West Midlands is to receive a £12m boost. Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund have pledged the funds, according to the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Cannabis plants found at Staffordshire house 
More than 100 cannabis plants have been found at a house in Staffordshire.

National Headlines

Motorists rescued in Northern Ireland amid heavy snow 
Some 300 people have been rescued from vehicles including a school bus after they became stuck in snow near Londonderry, police have said.

Breast cancer screening does ‘more good than harm’ 
Breast cancer screening does more good than harm, with any over-treatment justified by the number of lives saved, a study of 80,000 women has concluded.

Wales becomes first UK digital TV nation with switch 
Wales will become the first nation in the UK to go fully digital within hours following the switching off of the analogue television signal. The Wenvoe transmitter and its relay stations, serving 649,000 homes in south-east Wales, started switching from analogue to digital at midnight.

Climate science must be more open, say MPs 
MPs investigating the climate change row at the UK’s University of East Anglia (UEA) have demanded greater transparency from climate scientists.

Teenagers injured in coach crash 
Several schoolchildren have been injured in a coach crash in South Lanarkshire, police have said.

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