Media Watch – October 16 (pm)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Top class GCSE boost (Birmingham Mail) Provisional figures released by Government show number of pupils in Birmingham achieving 5 or more A*-C grades has risen 5% from previous year to a total of 72%, compared with an England average of 69%. Tony Howell quoted.

Station plan ‘a waste’ (Birmingham Mail) Vox pops gauging public reaction following unveiling of New Street Gateway model, currently on display at the station.

City working class feel ‘abandoned’ (Birmingham Mail) Kingstanding residents discuss their perception that white working class people feel that they are ‘losing out to immigrants’. This follows Wednesday’s announcement that £12million is to be spent nationally in predominantly white areas including the Kingstanding, Stockland Green, Erdington, Druids Heath, Brandwood Ward, Bartley Green and Weoley areas of Birmingham, to connect with communities who feel alienated from society.

Islands of paradise in our city (Birmingham Mail) Graham Young visits Birmingham’s best roundabouts and makes reference to the debate regarding municipal rose beds being left empty. Young rates the roundabout on the A4040 in Stetchford as the most beautiful in the city.

Brought to book (The Stirrer) “Book borrowers are regularly being denied the chance to, er borrow books at Birmingham’s Central Library. Disappointed Stirrer reader David Parker writes an open letter to Libraries supremo Martin Mullaney and his senior officials”.

Screen stays blank (The Stirrer) “Another Birmingham Council Planning Committee – another month without the future of the city’s £1m Big Screen being discussed. And one insider says it’s “not on the horizon”.

Regional Headlines:

Mother’s evidence heard in the Craig Hodson-Walker Post Office murder case.

New Birmingham City FC boss Carson Yeung reveals £80m pledge to club and plans to build up a fan base in China.

Birmingham inventor of Cluedo Anthony Pratt honoured as part of game’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

National Headlines:

Tensions high as angry protests greeted a visit to the UK by a Dutch far-right MP Geert Wilders, after winning appeal against ban on travel to UK.

First mass UK swine flu jabs could begin as early as next week.

National Express shares fall 27 percent after consortium decides against making a takeover offer.

Body of baby boy found in bin bag at recycling plant in Lincolnshire.

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