Media Watch – Feb 19

By on 19/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Council “tikkas” action after oven explode (Express & Star, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio WM) Coverage continues of Environmental Health’s launch of a series of safety inspections, after employees were severely burned while lighting tandoori ovens.  Andy Lucas (Regulatory Services) discussed this on Ed Doolan’s lunchtime show while Cllr Neil Eustace is quoted on the front of today’s Express & Star.
 
Gritting: we got it right (Radio WM) Kamyar Tavassoli (Highways) asked about Birmingham City Council's gritting operation in the last 24 hours. He explained why we gritted after (not during) the sleet to keep the roads moving. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7513 
 
Help us tackle bad behaviour (Smooth FM) Cllr Lines interviewed about a new strengthened legal document (the Conditions of Tenancy contract) with tenants, which calls on tenants to support council in its crusade to tackle anti-social behaviour. 

Birmingham set for £15m Olympic victory (Sky News, BRMB, Capital Radio, Central FM, Classic FM, LBC, Inside The Games) Council leader Mike Whitby explained how four years of hard work have brought Jamaica and the USA to Birmingham for the 2012 Olympic Games. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7525

Usain Bolt coup boosts hotel and restaurant managers in Birmingham (The Caterer) Hotel and restaurant managers in Birmingham have been given a boost by the news that the city will host the Jamaican track and field team ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council turns up heat over dodgy curry ovens (Sky News, BBC news, Daily Telegraph, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail, Yahoo.com, dailyindia.com, thestirrer.co.uk, absoluteradio.co.uk, radiocity.co.uk) A curry crackdown is underway in Birmingham following a spate of injuries as a result of poorly maintained tandoori ovens. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7486

20,000 jobs at councils facing axe (Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Independent, Morning Star) Birmingham City Council's 2000 redundancies highlighted as one of main examples contributing toward 20,000 job cuts nationally from local Government.

Union fury as Birmingham announces 2000 job cuts (MJ) Report on BCC financial pressures and planned redundancies. Stephen Hughes reported to say that in making any savings Council will attempt to do this without wide-scale compulsory redundancies.

Metro trains to run on city streets again (Birmingham Mail) Claims the Government will make a decision on Metro within a week which will lead to the city centre Metro extension being funded as well as improvements and fleet expansion for the rest of the service.

Bad weather disrupts transport (Radio WM, Birmingham Mail) Disruption to local road, air and rail networks yesterday teatime and in mooring rush hour due to snow, council confirms it gritted overnight but had to wait until the evening to begin operations as earlier snowfall was too wet and would have washed salt away.

Council bum note on live music (Birmingham Mail) Licensing bosses criticize Government proposals to deregulate licensing laws for  small scale musical performances, to less than 100 people. Councillors say plans are flawed and would be too open to abuse and exploitation, especially in urban areas.

Social welfare benefits not subject to Convention (The Times) Legal report on the Supreme Court dismissing claims of 2 claimants against Birmingham City Council, following Council winning previous ruling in Court of Appeal regarding entitlements to benefits and homeless classification.

Villa Park the goal for jobseekers (Birmingham Mail) Previewing the next FUTURES jobs vent - to be staged at Villa Park next Thursday/Friday.

Regional Headlines

Thieving Nurse banned (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham nurse who stole from frail patient is banned for life by nursing council.

Family sue Starbucks over Syringe (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham family taking Starbucks to court after grandmother and baby pricked by syringe they came across in a sofa at Birmingham store.

Urban village go ahead (Birmingham Mail) Barratt Homes to begin £41 million project to transform Shard End centre - works will see new homes, library, square and shopping area.

National Headlines

Dubai demands arrest of Mossad chief: Evidence to be unveiled which police say proves agency was behind killing of Hamas leader after theft of Britons’ identities.

Backing for spending cuts:  More than 60 economists sign two open letters backing the chancellor’s decision to delay spending cuts until 2011.

Nine-year old dies after stabbing: A man is held on suspicion of murder after a nine-year-old boy dies from fatal stab wounds in Bradford.

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