Media Watch – Augut 6 (pm)

By on 06/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Teenager to be appointed as hospital governor (BBC Midlands Today)
16 year-old to be appointed to board of governors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Sir Albert Bore interviewed, welcoming a better representation of young people on boards.

Council pays £105K (Birmingham Mail, page 7) BCC paid out £105,275 in compensation during the past year after the ombudsman was forced to step in to deal with complaints. A spokesperson says council will seek to learn from failings highlighted.

City fitness bid blasted (Birmingham Mail, page 13) A £9 million obesity-busting scheme offering free gym session to all Birmingham citizens has been slammed by a former world kickboxing champion as a major blow for private fitness clubs. Cllr Martin Mullaney defends scheme.

Queues on way out at new office (Birmingham Mail, page 15) Queues at an inner city neighbourhood office will become a thing of the past when it is converted into a modern Customer Service Centre, council bosses have pledged. Cllr Paul Tilsley quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Hundreds of people line the streets of Castle Bromwich to pay their respects to 18 year old soldier killed in Birmingham (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Online, Birmingham Mail).A man is held in custody charged with the murder of his daughter after her body was found in a car stopped by police (BBC Online, Birmingham Mail).

Over 25,000 postal workers, including some in Birmingham, are to stage a series of strikes over pay and jobs (Birmingham Mail, BBC online).

National Headlines:

The Bank of England decides to pump another £50bn of new money into the economy and keeps interest rates unchanged.

Police are criticised for refusing to let a 23-year-old woman leave a cordon for five hours during the G20 protests in London.

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