Media Watch – March 9

By on 09/03/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Kids can meet Games stars (Birmingham Mail, BRMB, BBC WM) Birmingham children are being given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join Olympic athletes in their preparations for the 2012 Games.

Voters oblivious of mayoral poll (Birmingham Mail, BBC)
Almost six in ten city voters are unaware there will be a referendum over whether Birmingham should be governed by a Boris Johnson-style elected mayor.

City loses out with green bank bid (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has lost out in its bid to become the home of the UK’s Green Investment Bank.

New slimline tower is tops (Birmingham Mail)
Plans for a 30-storey tower block over Birmingham’s disused Central Fire Station have been scaled down by seven storeys as part of a move to get backing for the scheme.

Central TV site in new hotel plan (Birmingham Mail)
Plans for a new hotel and public square on a landmark Birmingham city centre site are a step closer after a planning application was submitted.

St Patrick’s parade in Birmingham marks Olympic year (BBC)
Julie Watchorn-Brennan was inspired to take up the Irish sport of camogie by her father, a hurler. Now she can now see her daughter following in her footsteps. The three generations are taking part in Birmingham’s St Patrick’s parade on Sunday, which has a sporting theme to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

Regional Headlines

Three charged after man’s death
Three men are charged with murder after a man is found dead at a house in the West Midlands.

Five cleared of gangland killing
Five Birmingham men jailed for a gangland murder in Staffordshire in 2002 are cleared at the Court of Appeal.

National Headlines

Italy anger at UK over rescue mission
Politicians in Italy say the UK did not consult its government before approving the failed bid to rescue a Briton and Italian held hostage in Nigeria.

‘Lives wasted’ by adoption delay

Prime Minister David Cameron is due to confirm plans to tackle “barriers” to mixed-race adoption, as part of moves to speed up adoptions in England.

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