Media Watch – 29 August

By on 29/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Child abuse is an 'epidemic' across the country (Today Programme, Radio 4 / Pete Morgan Breakfast Show, Radio WM): Clips from interview with chief executive Mark Rogers, speaking as president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, stating that child abuse is a real problem across England and the UK.

Interview with Stephen Rimmer (Pete Morgan Breakfast Show, Radio WM): Interview with Stephen Rimmer, West Midlands Strategic Lead, Preventing Violence on Vulnerable People, in follow up to Rotherham child abuse report. Stated councils are working together to tackle child abuse.

'Lack of dialogue' fears at Trojan Horse schools (Birmingham Mail): Based on letter written by Liam Byrne MP to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, that states new officials within the Park View Educational Trust are dragging their heels over making improvements.

Interview with Mohammed Ashraf (Pete Morgan Breakfast Show, Radio WM): Looking at changes that have been made to the governance of some of the Trojan Horse Schools.  Mohammed Ashraf, former governor at Golden Hillock School interviewed.

Police cut back on their use of stop and search (Birmingham Mail): Report that West Midlands Police is to restrict its use of Section 60 powers and pledges to record all stop and search results. Cllr Waseem Zafar quoted.

New police boss in speed camera vow (Birmingham Mail): Report that the new police and crime commissioner, David Jamieson, has pledged to switch fixed speed cameras back on.

Re-opening of A38 tunnels (Pete Morgan Breakfast Show, Radio WM): Interview with Eddie Fellows, of Amey, on the A38 tunnels reopening over on Monday after being closed for improvements during the summer.

Loom band charms bought in Birmingham toy store found to contain cancer-causing chemicals (BBC Midlands Today): Tests conducted by Birmingham Assay Office for the BBC, reportedly found  high levels of phthalates in loom band charms bought from a city centre store. Vir Ahluwalia, operations manager for Birmingham Trading Standards, interviewed.

City rolls out red carpet for Rugby World Cup winners (Birmingham Mail, Midlands Today and Central News): Coverage of Deputy Leader's photocall with members of the England women's rugby team and their head coach. Birmingham will host two Rugby World Cup games next year. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

City centre skyscraper plans to be scaled down (Birmingham Mail): Report based on revised plans for the V Building, part of Arena Central. Previous plans for the tower were for 51 storeys -these have been scaled back to an 18 to 23 storey building.

Borrowing doubles at new library (BBC News online): More than 2.7 people have visited the library and 316,000 books, CDs and DVDs borrowed since the new Library for Birmingham opened last year - double that achieved by the city's Central Library in 2011/12.

Regional headlines

Former music teacher Philip Evans, who taught at King Edward's School in Edgbaston and was jailed for filming himself sexually abusing boys, has his jail term cut by a third, to 32 months, at the Court of Appeal.

Thieves have stolen more than 100 trophies worth tens of thousands of pounds from the National Motorcycle Museum, in a raid which took place on Wednesday night.

National headlines

Former Rotherham children's services head, Sonia Sharpe, is facing calls to resign her current post as an education services chief in Victoria, Australia.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announces new food standards for meals served in NHS hospitals, including food plans for patient.

Douglas Carswell,  MP for Clacton-on-Sea, has defected to UKIP – forcing a by-election in the Essex constituency.

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