Media Watch – August 1

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of the Aviva UK Trials at the Alexander Stadium (BBC, Sky, ITV, Guardian, Times, Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express and a wide range of regional publications)

Let’s change history (Birmingham Mail) The merger of Birmingham’s two leading museums is a golden opportunity to right a historical wrong and embrace a whole new audience, according to a private museum curator.

Care homes cash in on residents’ deaths (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) Reference to Birmingham City Council in a story about how care homes are taking up to six months to inform their local authority that a resident has died.

Match toast to two hero soldiers (Birmingham Mail) Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anita Ward joined hundreds of people at a charity football game in memory of soldier Joseph Murphy and to recognise the sacrifice of his friend amputee Tyne Rogers.

From the Firebird to the Phoenix (Birmingham Mail) A new housing estate has been officially opened on the former site of a long-running protest over the lack of affordable homes in Birmingham.

Anger as old city street signs sold for scrap (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s traditional ornate cast-iron Victorian street signs are fast becoming an endangered species as they are ripped out and replaced with cheap dull aluminium signs, it has been claimed. The council says that many of the cast-iron signs are brittle and aging and need replacing.

Child deaths report still to be revealed (Birmingham Mail) Investigators probing the death or serious injury of seven Birmingham children have still not published their findings, it has emerged.

Concerns over loan ads on council TV (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council looking into the advertising policy of video streaming website ustream before making a final decision on how to stream meetings.

Edgbaston families celebrate new housing development (West Midlands Housing News) Families living on the Benmore Estate in Edgbaston helped to celebrate Optima Community Association’s regeneration of a derelict pub site.

Birmingham Wholesale Market relocation plan dropped (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Traders at Birmingham’s Wholesale Market say its future is in doubt after being told plans to relocate it are no longer financially viable.

Council staff in battle to keep their jobs (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Hundreds of Birmingham City Council staff are involved in a bitter struggle to keep their jobs during the worst public spending cuts for decades.

Officer exits after role is given the chop (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) One of Birmingham City Council’s best known officials (Mirza Ahmad) has quit after his £115,000-a-year job was scrapped.

Don’t scrap Gun Quarter (Birmingham Mail) The last in a line of Birmingham gun makers has described plans to rename the historic Gun Quarter as ‘barmy’.

Regional Headlines

Woman found hurt in street dies
Police seal off an area by a pub in a Black Country town after a woman is found injured and later dies.

CCTV issued in garage fire murder
Police investigating the murder of a man who died after a fire in a garage in Birmingham issue CCTV images of two men they wish to trace.

National Headlines

Workers facing a ‘bleak old age’
Up to nine million people face a “bleak old age” because of falling through the cracks of private sector pension provision, a review says.

Teen charged over hacking attack
A man from the Shetland Islands is charged by police investigating the alleged hacking of the Serious Organised Crime Agency website.

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