Media Watch – Sept 10 (pm)

By on 10/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pervert tennis coach faces jail (Birmingham Mail) Christopher Mitchelmore-Lumb, who had been head coach at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre, has pleaded guilty to sex offences involving children.

HMS Daring Freedom parade (Birmingham Mail, all local broadcast media) Coverage of the crew of HMS Daring's march through Birmingham City Centre as they received the freedom of the city.

Tough battle in culture bid (BBC Radio WM, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has been named as one of 29 potential cities that could become the UK City of Culture in a list published by the Government. Sharon Lea, Strategic Director of Environment and Culture, quoted - highlighting some of the city's best qualities.

Private cash may save golf courses (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of comments made by Cllr Martin Mullaney that private sector money may be needed to raise standards at city golf courses as part of the effort to cut the losses they currently make.

Uncertainty over city jobs boost (Birmingham Mail) Chief Executive Stephen Hughes has said that plans for the Ministry of Justice to potentially create 6,000 jobs in the city are currently shrouded in confusion after magazine articles suggested that any relocation had been put on ice until after the next General Election.

Tornado-hit street fury (Birmingham Mail) Residents of Alder Road in Balsall Heath have said they feel more could have been done to help their street recover after the 2005 Birmingham tornado.

Regional Headlines

The funeral of Simon Valentine, a soldier killed in Afghanistan, is taking place in Bedworth today (BBC Midlands Today).

The former Dome Nightclub in Birmingham is re-opening as the O2 Academy after a £5million revamp into a state-of-the-art music venue (BBC Midlands Today).

London Midland rail services are set to resume this Sunday after a pay dispute was settled (BBC Midlands Today).

National Headlines

Tories must learn from councils
A Conservative government will have much to learn from the way the party runs councils, shadow chancellor George Osborne is expected to say in a speech today

Ministers approved Afghan rescue
The final decision to rescue a kidnapped British journalist was taken by the foreign and defence secretaries, Downing Street has said.

UK interest rates remain on hold
The Bank of England holds interest rates at the record low of 0.5 per cent for the sixth consecutive month.

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