Media Watch – September 22

By on 22/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham steams ahead in investment (Financial Times Pge 3, lengthy article) The grand opening of Birmingham’s redesigned central station is the latest symbol of a city that has bounced back from recession stronger than most of its rivals, with higher levels of inward investment, faster export growth and better job creation.

Birmingham unveils city centre revamp ( Web) After five years behind scaffolding and security hoardings, Birmingham’s revamped New Street railway station has reopened after a project costing £600m. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

New Street revamp hailed by Transport Minister (Midlands Insider Daily) The £750m redevelopment of Birmingham’s New Street Station has been hailed by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin as a “catalyst for regeneration” in the city centre.

Continued widespread broadcast coverage of the New Street opening.

Birmingham council house crisis: Twice as many sold as built in last three years (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is selling more than twice as many council houses as it currently builds, new figures have revealed.

Plans to demolish West Midlands’ oldest fire station refused (Birmingham Mail pge 4 sidebar) West Midlands Fire Service has had to abandon plans to demolish its oldest station after conservationists blocked the controversial move.

Fox News correction for gaffe ‘too late’ (Birmingham Mail pge 6 lead) A Fox News programme which claimed parts of Birmingham were ‘no-go’ zones for non-Muslims should have been corrected sooner, media regulator Ofcom has ruled. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Super September – Why Birmingham sparkles all year round (Birmingham Mail web) New Street Station has been transformed, Grand Central shopping centre is about to open, we’re hosting two Rugby World Cup games at Villa Park and the world-class arts festival Birmingham Weekender is just days away. But B Super September – Why Birmingham sparkles all year roundirmingham isn’t just super in September.

Regional Headlines

Mark Cope admits abducting teenage girl in Teesside
A Birmingham man has admitted abducting a teenage girl from Teesside.

Suspected WW2 bomb discovered on Coventry building site
A suspected World War Two bomb has been found at a building site in Coventry.

National Headlines

Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals placed in special measures
One of the biggest NHS trusts has been placed in special measures after inspectors found it was “inadequate”.

UK-China stocks link plan unveiled
Chancellor George Osborne has said the UK and China are exploring how to link their stock markets.


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