Media Watch – Nov 12 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Places crisis as primary schools reach bursting point (Daily Mail) Tens of thousands of children face being turned away from local primary schools because classrooms are full to bursting point, a report warned yesterday. The document highlights pressures in London, Birmingham, Slough and Luton.

Grand plan may not fly (Birmingham Post) The chances of Birmingham International Airport’s £120million third runway extension being built in the near future appear dead in the water. BIA chief executive Paul Kehoe paid tribute to the ‘firm leadership’ of BCC leader Mike Whitby in promoting the extension but appealed to politicians at a higher level to get involved.

Sending out the right image (Birmingham Post) Public affairs correspondent Paul Dale looks at a quiet revolution in how Birmingham is set to market itself nationally and internationally. The new promotional set-up for Birmingham has the backing of council chief executive Stephen Hughes and council leader Mike Whitby, who will be given a more hands-on role and will be named President of Marketing Birmingham later this month.

City must expect the worst on council cuts (Birmingham Post) Local government correspondent Neil Elkes on the budget crisis facing Birmingham Council.

Wage appeals will cost £3.5million (Birmingham Post) Errors made when calculating a new wage structure at Birmingham City Council will cost the local authority a minimum of £3.5million, it has emerged.

Whitby ready to enjoy the last laugh (Birmingham Post) Has Mike Whitby had the last laugh? Public affairs correspondent Paul Dale talks to the man who rules the corridors of power at Birmingham City Council.

German market brings economic boost for city (Birmingham Post) Jane Tyler takes a look at the Birmingham Christmas Market, which opens today.

Frankfurt Christmas Market also promoted on BBC Radio WM, Heart 100.7, Smooth and BRMB

Regional Headlines

PM backs bid to save care home 
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has urged Wolverhampton City Council to reconsider its decision to close a care home where a 106-year-old woman lives.

Councils combine to set out vision for 60,000 new homes (Birmingham Post) An ambitious plan to create and build 60,000 homes in the Black Country over the next two decades is set to be unveiled at the end of the month.

Riot biker gang member arrested 
A biker who went missing after being convicted of taking part in a riot at an airport has handed himself in.

National Headlines

Nursing to become graduate entry 
All new nurses in England from 2013 will have to spend at least three years being trained to degree level, the Department of Health has announced.

Trio face ‘firework death’ charge 
Three teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a woman in a house fire after a firework was pushed through her letterbox.

Thousands suffer rail disruption 
Thousands of rail commuters in south-east England are facing a second day of disruption because of a row over pay.

Polls open in Glasgow by-election 
Voters are going to the polls in Glasgow North East to elect a new MP for the constituency.

MoD bonuses attacked by families 
Bonuses worth over £47m paid this year to Ministry of Defence civil servants have been criticised by the families of some soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

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