Media Watch – Sept 7

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

School with 180 new starters (Birmingham Mail) A total of 180 children have started reception class at a Birmingham primary school which has doubled its intake to cope with a shortfall in places in the city.

Cllr Les Lawrence interviewed by BBC Midlands Today about classroom sizes.

Show lifting lid on place lottery (BBC Breakfast, Birmingham Mail) Julie Newbold, head of admissions and appeals at Birmingham Education Authority, has shed light on her role in a documentary series starting at 9pm tonight on BBC2. Programme also featured in TV Times, Radio Times and a number of national TV listings publications.

Birmingham tops local authority figures for GCSE results (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham school pupils are the brightest bunch in Britain, according to new figures.

Steve Hollingworth interviewed by BBC WM about the Sky Ride. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11805

Wall of Cofton (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham park has been effectively sealed off by a huge Berlin Wall-style barrier ahead of the Pope’s visit in just 12 days’ time.

Council bosses fight for one job (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Three of Birmingham City Council’s highest-paid bosses are fighting against each other to save their jobs in a major staffing shake-up. Interviews are starting for a new super-director position, combining legal, human resources, finance and policy directorates under one high powered official.

Big names for music venue (Birmingham Mail) Killers frontman Brandon Flower, award-winning producer Mark Ronson and rapper Tinie Tempah are just a few of the artists to perform at the HMV Institute – opening in two weeks’ time, following a major, multi-million pound refurbishment, including valued investment from Birmingham City Council.

Rare collection of historic Church silver goes on display at Aston Hall (Birmingham Press) A rare collection of church silver dating back more than 500 years has been bought by Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries for £54,000. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12063

Warning over Hajj travel plans (Birmingham Press) Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council are warning Muslim residents to book their Hajj pilgrimages with a reputable travel agent, following a number of complaints. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12262

The place to talk politics (Government Business) Birmingham is hosting eight party political conferences in five years, putting it firmly on the map as a preferred destination for political gatherings.

Regional Headlines

UK pathologist says Crete fall a ‘possible’ death cause
A British pathologist is investigating whether a woman, who Greek police suspect was murdered on holiday, died as a result of an earlier fall.

Aston Villa set to appoint Gerard Houllier as new boss 
Former Liverpool and Lyon boss Gerard Houllier is set to be appointed as Aston Villa’s new manager on Wednesday, BBC Sport understands.

National Headlines

Bob Diamond to be new Barclays chief
One of the world’s highest paid bankers, Bob Diamond, is to become chief executive of Barclays bank.

London Underground strike causes severe disruption
The first in a series of 24-hour strikes by London Underground workers has crippled the Tube network.

Blitz to be commemorated at London service 70 years on
A remembrance service will be held later to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of the Blitz.

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