Media Watch – May 16

By on 16/05/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

The hunt is on for new £115k Brum coroner (Birmingham Post) The search has begun for a new £115,000-a-year Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull as Adrian Cotter, current coroner, announces his retirement. The Mail wrongly states that he’s a city council employee. The coroner is employed by the Crown.

City Heli-opera wins award (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A performance featuring musicians playing on board a flight of helicopters and an airborne orchestra has won an award.  The director thanked Birmingham City Council and the London 2012 festival.

Regional Headlines
Moseley Scientology HQ plan recommended for approval (BBC News Online) Plans to convert a mansion house in Birmingham into a £6m headquarters for the Church of Scientology have been recommended for approval.

HS2 rail benefits to economy ‘unclear’, says National Audit Office(BBC News Online) The benefits of the HS2 high speed rail project on the economy are unclear, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.

National Headlines
BP to seek Cameron’s help as oil spill costs escalate (BBC News Online)BP wants Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene over the escalating cost of compensating US companies for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster in 2010.

Syria conflict: BBC shown ‘signs of chemical attack’ (BBC News Online) The BBC has been shown evidence apparently corroborating reports of a chemical attack in Syria last month.


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