Media Watch – September 21

By on 21/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories:

Revamped New Street Station opens (widespread national and regional coverage in broadcast and print media) Extensive coverage of the opening of the new-look Birmingham New Street Station after a £750 million refurbishment. Sir Albert Bore interviewed on BBC WM this morning and also quoted in Birmingham Mail (p5 in both Saturday and Monday’s Mail).

Brum reaches out to the ‘Jungle’ in Calais (Sunday Mercury – p8/p9 double-page spread, Birmingham Mail – p8 lead, Monday, and BBC WM, Monday) Article on volunteers from Birmingham delivering the city’s first major relief convoy to refugees in the ‘Jungle’, a refugee camp in Calais. Volunteers included city councillors Waseem Zaffar and Sharon Thompson, who are quoted.

Claim that lesson was offensive to Muslims (Sunday Mercury – p11 lead) A Birmingham primary school has launched an investigation following allegations that Muslims were linked with terrorists during a lesson. Quotes Cllr James McKay saying that the comments were made at Thornton Primary School, in Saltley, as examples during a lesson on respect and had been taken out of context. He also points out that turning such concerns into a “sensational and misleading story” can do real damage to a city that is so proud of its diversity.

Greenbelt future could be debated in Westminster (Sutton Observer – p1 lead) Plans to build on Sutton Coldfield’s greenbelt perimeter could be debated in the House of Commons, according to the town’s MP, Andrew Mitchell.

Care home green light despite the objections (Birmingham Mail – p11 lead, Monday, also Sutton Observer – p10 lead) Plans to transform a residential property in Maney Hill Road, Erdington, into a care home for children with behavioural needs have been given the green light. Planning committee members Cllrs Maureen Cornish, Keith Linnecor, Gareth Moore and Fiona Williams quoted.

It’s all kicking off this week! (Sunday Mercury – p18/19 double-page spread, also BBC WM, Monday) Piece on the major events taking place in Birmingham this week during ‘Super September’, including reference to Birmingham City Council putting volunteers – known as Birmingham Ambassadors – in place to help visitors find their way around the city during this busy period. Also on WM, interview with manager of Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham, praising the council for its efforts in attracting major events to the city.

Regional Headlines:

Lawyers acting for Birmingham pub bombings campaigners have renewed a call for inquests to be resumed on the 21 people who died in the 1974 attacks.

The funeral of a Sudanese graduate who dreamed of a better life in Birmingham has taken place in the city he never managed to reach. Husham Alzubair died on a Channel Tunnel freight train and his body was carried into Folkstone. The refugee was heading to Birmingham to be reunited with his brother, a student in the city. His funeral took place at Birmingham’s Central Mosque and he was buried in Smethwick.

National Headlines:

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under which China will invest in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Mr Osborne, who is in China, said the deal would pave the way for a final investment decision on the delayed project by French energy company EDF.

The Government says it wants a million homes built in England by 2020, as the scale of the housing crisis is revealed in a BBC Inside Out investigation. The National Housing Federation estimated 974,000 homes were needed between 2011 and 2014.


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