Media Watch 28th April

By on 28/04/2010 in Media Watch

Birmingham City Council News

Council loses employment tribunal (extensive across all national, regional, broadcast and print media)

Birmingham City Council said to be facing claims estimated between £200m and £1 billion, after losing employment tribunal based on historic pay structures. Cllr Rudge quoted throughout saying this is based on old structure and council may appeal. Media highlight various examples of women paid 2-3 less than men on same grade whose jobs were supplemented by bonus/overtime payments.

Bournville pupils return home (BBC WM, irmingham Mail)
58 pupils on school trip who were stranded in Washington due to volcanic ash finally return home. Parents delighted to have children home, while Washington post arranged for them to visit the White House during their enforced stay.

Thousands join 24hr culture blog (Birmingham Mail)
More than 5,000 contributors took part in a 24 hour blog to discuss cultural activities in the city, during special event held to help promote City of Culture bid. Cllr Mullaney says the numbers prove the wealth of culture in the city and appetite for the bid.

Also coverage of youngsters from across the city getting behind the scenes peek at the renovated MAC ahead of its opening on May 1st as part of City of Culture bid.

Coalition okay for Brum - but not Uk (Birmingham Mail) George Osbourne says a Lib Dem/Tory coalition government works for Birmingham at a local level but would not be appropriate at a national level.

Regional News

Axe killer pensioner gets life (Birmingham Mail)Birmingham pensioner sent to prison for attempting to kill neighbour, not long after being release from life sentence for killing his wife.

 Villiers tight-lipped on transport plans (Birmingham Mail) Shadow Transport Minister visits New Street to view ongoing work, but dodges questions about High Speed Rail

National News

Leaders under pressure to outline how they will cut public spending

Call for bowel cancer screening

Greece brings in emergency stock market rules

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