Media Watch – 25th August

By on 25/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Success in the city (Birmingham Mail): Double page spread on Birmingham's GCSE results. Lead story says Birmingham pupils “among brightest in the UK” after record provisional results this year show 37 per cent increase in pass rate since start of Millennium. Cllr Les Lawrence quoted. Additional focus on Washwood Heath Technology College “vertical school” teaching by stage not age and Perry Beeches “most improved” school in UK over three years.

School that refused to become academy is most improved (Independent): Spotlight on Perry Beeches School. Interview with head Liam Nolan on how he turned round the school - and refused attempts by the Government to persuade it to become an academy.

Four banned from suburb (Birmingham Mail): Four youths have been banned from Horton Square area of Highgate after BCC puts ASBO on them.

Don't burn the bra… you can recycle it now (Birmingham Mail): Network of bra recycling banks is being rolled out across Birmingham. Bras will be sold to traders in developing countries. Sharon Lea quoted.

Historic park to be handed over (Birmingham Mail): Lightwoods Park and house in Smethwick is expected to be handed over to Sandwell Council by BCC next month.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham is one of worst for sexually transmitted infections (BBC Radio WM): New figures put spotlight on sexually transmitted diseases within different parts of UK. Chlamydia figures only up seven per cent in Birmingham compared to 20 per cent nationally.

Aid from regional charities reaching Pakistan (BBC Radio WM): Islamic Relief highlighted and British Pakistanis from city said to be visiting the country to help in relief effort.

Graduates job fayre in city (BBC Radio WM): Some 300 graduates expected to turn up at event in Birmingham with only 60 jobs on offer.

National Headlines

Budget 'hits the poorest hardest'
UK has 480,000 new sex infections
General warns on Afghan deadline
Body found in MI6 man's flat

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