Media Watch – Oct 22

By on 22/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Broadband firms sue over state-funded network (Daily Telegraph, Guardian, FT) Two major telecoms firms are taking legal action over the use of public money to build a broadband network they say competes with their own. Virgin Media and BT have objected to Birmingham City Council’s plans to lay high-speed fibre optic cables using around £10 million from a fund announced by George Osborne last year.

Widespread coverage of the Bupa Great Birmingham Run.

Tragedy as runner dies (Birmingham Mail, BBC, Guardian, Daily Telegraph) Birmingham’s half marathon was marred by tragedy when a runner collapsed and died during the race.

Protests at 10,000 new homes plan (Birmingham Mail) A leading Sutton Coldfield councillor (Cllr Anne Underwood) has demanded the town’s green belt is protected after proposals for 10,000 new homes were revealed.

Birmingham City Council hosts sports summit (BBC WM) Assistant Director for Sport and Events Steve Hollingworth interviewed.

School cleans up at city’s green awards (Birmingham Mail) A herd of pigs have helped a Birmingham school clean up in the city’s first recycling awards.

Wheelie long wait for word on £28m bins (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham should find out within days whether a bid for £28 million for a proposed wheelie bin system has been successful.

Youngsters let back into outbreak park (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Young children have been allowed back into a Birmingham park (Sutton Park) at the centre of an E. coli outbreak.

MP: Children still being put at risk (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham MP has warned that the city council must now deliver and turn round its failing children’s services department.

Crooks prey on Hajj travellers (Birmingham Mail) Scores of Birmingham Muslims embarking on once-in-a-lifetime religious pilgrimages have been left stranded at airports after being ripped off by rogue travel firms, consumer watchdogs have revealed.

Brum can be ‘city of food’ (Birmingham Mail) Wholesale market traders have presented councillors with a chance to ‘rebrand Birmingham as a city of food’.

Parents face fines for kids’ term holidays (Sunday Mercury) Parents taking children out of school to jet off on holiday face being fined £1,000 each.

Regional Headlines

Two men killed as car hit tree
Two men die and two others are injured when a car hits a tree on the Bristol Road in Birmingham.

More London Midland trains cancelled over staff shortages
Staff shortages and cable theft led to delays and cancellations for rail passengers travelling in and out of Birmingham.

National Headlines

BBC journalist’s Savile warning
The Newsnight producer behind the Sir Jimmy Savile investigation warned that pulling the story would lead to allegations of a ‘cover-up’, the BBC’s Panorama programme finds.

Man charged with Cardiff murder
A 31-year-old man is charged with the murder of Karina Menzies, who was hit by a van in Cardiff on Friday afternoon.

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