Media Watch – November 2 (pm)

By on 02/11/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Alexandra to light up city's big switch-on (Birmingham Mail, November 2, page 5) X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has been added to the star-studded line-up that will be on hand to switch on Birmingham's Christmas lights later this month.

£20m loan for ground slammed (Birmingham Mail, November 2, page 5) The Cannon Hill Neighbourhood Forum has again criticised plans which are due before Cabinet today that would see the council loan Warwickshire County Cricket Club £20million for a revamp of its Edgbaston home.

Classroom racism rise is denied (Birmingham Mail, November 2, page 11) Tony Howell, strategic director of Children, Young People and Families, has dismissed claims made in a new report that the number of racist incidents in schools is on the rise.

Movie looks at kids in care (Birmingham Mail, November 2, page 13) A film produced by the city council about the challenges faced by children in care won the best promotional programme award at this year's Royal Television Society Midlands Awards.

Golfers speak out as city course axed (Birmingham Mail, November 2, page 15) Users of Hilltop Golf Course have expressed disappointment at the news that the venue is likely to close.

Regional Headlines

The families of four Warwickshire firefighters killed while tackling a blaze two years ago say they are angry at the length of time the police investigation has taken (BBC Midlands Today).

Digbeth's new coach station is on course to open in the second week of December (BBC Midlands Today).

An independent inquiry into the standards of care provided at Stafford Hospital has begun behind closed doors (BBC Midlands Today, Central News).

National Headlines

The second round of Afghanistan’s troubled election is scrapped, a day after President Karzai’s sole challenger quits the race.

The Government faces the threat of more scientists resigning after sacking its chief drugs adviser for his comments on cannabis policy.

Prince William will visit New Zealand next year for his first official overseas trip on behalf of the Queen.

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