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Project Champion is aborted CONTROVERSIAL Project Champion has been stopped because of concerns that the cameras were put in predominately Muslim areas such as Sparkhill and Sparkbrook, There was a public rally on July 4th against the cameras. Constable Rowe said, “at the public rally, West Midlands police made an apology for mistakes that had been made.”

CULTURE Big City Plan set to begin.

BIRMINGHAM City Centre is set to undergo a huge transformation. Work has started on projects around the area such as the Art Museum and Gallery. New Street Station transformation has already begun and is set to finish in 2015.


Life in the NHS.

A WOMAN’S pain with working in the NHS. Miss King, 53, speaks to thespectrum about her good and bad times in the profession and what see foresees in the future.


Ex-Factor star set for UK tour

Birmingham - City in the Making is set to begin in 2015.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery ‘A City in the Making’ is set to finish in 2013, where they are planning to have artefacts from the public and the archives in Birmingham for this exhibition THE Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is set to begin on the next stage of an exciting new wing, thanks to a major lottery funding boost. The building for ‘Birmingham – A City in the Making’ will begin in December 2010 with the new £9.7 million project set for completion in September 2012. Birmingham City Council Cabinet members have given the green-light to the next phase of the project, partly funded by a £4.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The money will go towards the development of an innovative and groundbreaking new wing of galleries which will put emphasis on Birmingham – A City in the Making which they hope to raise the profile of the city’s important global heritage, with the new galleries serving as a landmark destination for visitors to the city who want an insight into its historical significance. Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture, said “I’m delighted we are able to move on with this exciting project which will transform the way we tell the story of Birmingham and its people.

Work has already begun on the Central Library which is being relocated to the heart of Birmingham arts in the City Centre Broad St. It will be near to the tourist attractions such as The Rep Theatre, Symphony Hall and the NIA. Cllr Martin Mullaney, said, “We are excited for the prospect of bringing in more tourists and showing them the history of this great city.” The Birmingham City Council have decided to do this project as a way of thanking the people of Birmingham and also to bring a sense of pride to the city. They also want to put emphasis on the fact that Birmingham is a cultural city and introduce more people - especially the younger generation to come and visit the museum more often. The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have introduced a ‘Walk through the times’ where they show the different fashions from the early 20th Century to the 21st Century. It shows iconic photos from Birmingham-born band UB40 from the visit of Bob Marley in the early 1970s. One Cabinet members says, “Hopefully having this will bring show the diversity we have in Birmingham and bring more teens in”

Alexandra Burke

ALEXANDRA BURKE confirmed today on ITV1’s Daybreak that she is going to begin her 18date All Night Long tour in January next

year. Speaking to Daybreak presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, the singer said she was “very excited”.


Nursery closed after woman arrested for fraud

DETECTIVE from West Midlands have carried out a series of searches in Handsworth, Birmingham and Lichfield as a a part of an investigation into the management of a nursery in Birmingham, A woman aged 26, from Lichfield, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences. Kare Babies Nursery in Handsworth




ITV SIGNS NEW THREE YEAR DEAL WITH SYCO & SIMON COWELL ITV recently announced that they have signed a new three-year deal for the controversial X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, the UK’s two biggest television formats. The renewed collaboration with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia has also secured UK broadcast rights to the American version of The X Factor and America’s Got Talent exclusively for ITV2. With this new agreement going underway it means that it extends ITV’s successful nine-year relationship with Simon Cowell until 2013. Britain’s Got Talent will return to ITV1 in late-spring 2011, and The X Factor in autumn 2011. ITV2 will also continue to broadcast The Xtra Factor and Britain’s Got More Talent. Simon Cowell said: “I am thrilled this deal has been concluded with ITV to enable our relationship to continue to develop. I am committed to making sure both shows get bigger and better every year. I have a lot to thank ITV for; they have been key in making The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent the UK’s biggest television shows.”

“I’m especially pleased to have agreed a deal that cements our successful relationship with Simon Cowell, Syco and FremantleMedia over a longer term. I look forward to working with them as we continue to develop both shows and keep them at the top of their game.” The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are the UK’s most popular entertainment television programme on ITV. BGT and The X Factor provided the most watched television moments of 2009 with peak audiences of 19.3 million for The X Factor final and 19.9 million for the Britain’s Got Talent Final. This year’s seventh series of The X Factor with the most controversial acts to date including Cher Lloyd, the 17-year old from Malvern, Staffordshire, Katie Waissel and Wagner Carrilho has been the most popular ever with viewing figures across every stage reaching record levels. Almost 17 million watched the second Judges’ houses show, and yesterday’s second live results show peaked at an enormous 15.2 million; the highest ever at this stage of the competition. Bell-Amie - girlband who lost out

Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, said: to Katie “super villian” Waissel. “The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are the shows that have helped define the last decade of television in the UK and have become more than just a talking point: they are a national obsession, and I’m delighted that our viewers can continue to enjoy them on ITV over the next three years. Even online, attracted over 95 million page views during the 2009 series with over 30 million video views across the run. Sara Geater, Interim CEO, talkbackTHAMES said: “We are very proud of our productions and the incredibly talented team behind them. We are delighted with ITV’s commitment to the shows and that our successful relationship with Syco continues to flourish.”

Simon Cowell is taking ITV by storm. He is currently engaged to makeup artist Mezghan Hussainy


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