Media Watch – Sept 20

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread national and international coverage of the Papal visit. (BBC, Sky, ITV, Birmingham Mail, Express and Star, Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Star, International Herald Tribune, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Sun, Mirror, Wall St Journal, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Observer)

Birmingham City Council praised for organisation of the event (BBC WM)

Plane sailing for blooming spitfire (Birmingham Mail) A Second World War Spitfire made out of flowers has helped Birmingham win a major award. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12807

Advice centres to get the axe (Birmingham Mail) City leaders will press ahead with radical plans to slash Birmingham’s network of council neighbourhood offices.

Fake cabbies prosecuted (Birmingham Mail) City licensing chiefs have welcomed fines dished out to two brothers who ran unlicensed minicabs.

New cab signs plan to improve safety (Birmingham Mail) Minicabs in Birmingham will have semi-permanent licence plates fixed to their rear doors in a bid to improve passenger safety.

City schools’ intake boost (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of inner-city students are to be given a boost under plans to create two new sixth form centres.

Clean-up bill £8k a month (Birmingham Mail) Travellers have cost the taxpayer nearly £8,000 a month in clean-up and legal costs this summer after leaving behind piles of rubbish at illegal camps across Birmingham.

Brum mayor plan gets OK (Birmingham Mail) An elected mayor will run Birmingham – even if the city is forced to make massive budget cuts, the Government has pledged.

Regional Headlines

Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s blood cancer accolade
A Birmingham hospital is to be named as a centre of excellence for blood cancer research later.

Man stabbed in unprovoked attack in Birmingham
A man has been stabbed by two other men in what police are calling an “unprovoked” attack in Birmingham.

Plans to increase Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury services
The number of trains running between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury on Sundays could be increased.

National Headlines

UK troops leave Helmand’s Sangin
British forces in Afghanistan have handed responsibility for security in Sangin to US forces, marking the end of their four-year mission in the area.

Coalition right government for right now, says Clegg
Nick Clegg will use his speech to criticise Labour’s handling of the economy Nick Clegg will try to reassure Liberal Democrats who have raised doubts about the coalition, promising it will “put the country on a better path”.

England to play ODI against Pakistan despite new twists 
England are set to go ahead with Monday’s one-day game against Pakistan despite more twists in the spot-fixing saga that has overshadowed the series.

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