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Tears for Fears cancel appearance at BBC’s Biggest Weekend Coventry on ‘doctor’s orders’ 

18 Apr 18

TEARS for Fears will no longer appear at the Biggest Weekend in Coventry next month, according to the BBC.

Blog feature
BBC: Smart Revision Advice 

17 Apr 18

This year, we have devoted a regular Year 11 assembly slot so pupils actively practise the right revision techniques – the things which are proven to work.

Local news
Brum’s Spectacular Commonwealth Games Closure Display 

15 Apr 18

If you missed the closing Commonwealth Games ceremony, then one thing you must do today is watch Birmingham’s brilliant contribution… Click http://www.

Legendary DJ flys in to support Tamworth Carnival 

12 Apr 18

ONE of the true legends of the music scene in the 70’s through to the 90’s flew into the UK last week, whilst en route to Japan to promote the Together 4 Tamworth Carnival on 2 nd of June.

BBC to broadcast recreation of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in full 

12 Apr 18

Broadcaster criticised over plans to re-create speech by Birmingham politician which many people say is deeply racist…

Duotone, 16 Apr 2018 

12 Apr 18

16 Apr 2018 – Folk at Kitchen Garden Cafe (suitable for under 18s) Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village.

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Call for refund by disappointed Stereophonics fans 

12 Apr 18

Amanda Cook writes about the bitter experience of a snow-affected Stereophonics gig.

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Blinding lunch for Birmingham Press Club 

12 Apr 18

Peaky Blinders creator to speak at lunchtime event.

Go The Distance – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games handover details announced 

11 Apr 18

Full details announced for Birmingham 2022 Handover, which takes place on Sunday 15 April, 2018 First ever fully choreographed live handover across two continents in the history of the Commonwealth Games Tune in to BBC 2 on Sunday 15 April, from 11am…

Antiques Roadshow values a Faberge sculpture at £1m at the Black Country Living Museum 

10 Apr 18

An ‘incredibly rare’ pear blossom sculpture made by Faberge has been valued at £1m on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow.

AUDIO: Keates Pleased With Walsall’s Desire Despite Narrow Defeat 

31 Mar 18

The manager, who was speaking via BBC WM Sport, praised his team for their desire and commitment as they were narrowly defeated by their Play-Off chasing opponents, insisting if they can keep up that type of display they should be OK.

AUDIO: Dean Keates Gives His First Impression of the Walsall Squad 

30 Mar 18

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to BBC WM Sport ahead of Saturday’s League One clash with Portsmouth and discussed how much he has learned about his squad over the last few days, going on to discuss how important it is to secure the …

Lynn Bowles leaves BBC Radio 2 – with a Land Rover 

29 Mar 18

The long-standing travel presenter also receives an honorary degree on her last day at the network.

Local news
Fabulous Birmingham stars to celebrate loved ones at unique art installation 

29 Mar 18

What will be a beautifully stunning art installation created by a local hospice to celebrate loved ones lost is being supported by a host of Birmingham celebrities – including Line of Duty’s Claudia Jessie.

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2018 has been a good year for UK local data journalism — here’s the story so far 

27 Mar 18

Calendar image by keso s Local data journalism in the UK has been undergoing a quiet revolution in the last 12 months, but 2018 in particular has seen a number of landmarks already in its first few months.

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Valerie on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour 

25 Mar 18

I appeared on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour with Carolyn Quinn on Sunday 25 March 2018.

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WMNEG meeting: Language and politics 

23 Mar 18

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP Date: Thursday 29 th March, 5pm-7pm Susan Miles, who will be opening this session, will do a brief introduction.

AUDIO: Ian Sharps – League One Survival is Walsall’s Only Priority 

22 Mar 18

Walsall First-Team coach Ian Sharps has spoken to BBC WM Sport following Wednesday evening’s defeat to promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic, and has admitted to being disappointed as the Latics eased to victory, scoring three goals in fifteen minutes…

AUDIO: Dean Keates – “I’ll Represent the Club as I Did as a Player” 

19 Mar 18

Newly appointed Walsall manager Dean Keates, who returned to the club last Friday following the departure of former manager Jon Whitney, has spoken to BBC WM Sportand admitted that it’s ‘amazing’ to be back home, but insisted that the hard …

AUDIO: Stefan Gamble Welcomes Dean Keates Back to the Club 

19 Mar 18

Walsall Chief-Executive Stefan Gamble has spoken to BBC WM Sport following the recent sacking of Jon Whitney and subsequent appointment of club legend Dean Keates, paying tribute to Jon before discussing his hopes for what Dean will bring to…

Take part in the BBC Family Orchestra and Chorus project 

19 Mar 18

Join the BBC Family Concert Orchestra and Coventry Music Education Hub for an exciting Family Orchestra and Chorus project as part of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend Fringe event.

Birmingham singer-songwriter Matt Millard releases debut EP to acclaim amid BBC Introducing support 

15 Mar 18

Matt’s Take Me Anywhere EP arrived on streaming download platforms earlier this month…

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Nigel Comes Up Trumps?!!! 

14 Mar 18

Nigel said that he was just mooching down 5th Avenue (sadly, not a thrift or Dollar Store to be found), when he noticed a building that looked a bit familiar, but he couldn’t quite place it …… …….

AUDIO: Whitney – ‘A Difficult One to Take’ 

10 Mar 18

Underfire Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to BBC WM Sportfollowing Saturday afternoon’s disappointing defeat to title-chasing Shrewsbury Town, and admitted that the result, which saw the Shrews secure their first league victory over …

Blog feature
Conflicting Wavelengths 

9 Mar 18

I’ve always been slightly alarmed by the attitudes which prevail when it comes to listening to classical music on the radio, especially when it comes to the two big national stations in the UK:  BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM .