Media Watch – Feb 11

By on 11/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Backing for plans to centralise all births (Express & Star) Proposals to move all births from Sandwell to Birmingham’s City hospital have moved a step closer.  The Joint Health Scrutiny Committee of Sandwell and Birmingham City Council has supported plans to temporarily relocate all births to City Hospital and to set up a community birth centre in Sandwell.
Warning loss of 2,000 jobs could hit city hard (BBC Radio WM – lead story, Express & Star) Coverage continues of Birmingham City Council’s announcement that as many as 2000 council jobs will go by April 2011, as they look to make savings of £69 million in the next tax year.  Cllr Rudge paraphrased in the Express & Star.

Kraft bosses lay a golden egg (Express & Star) A £30 million investment at Cadbury’s Bournville plant will be spent on improving the production of Easter eggs and chocolates such as Roses and Heroes.  The pledge came from new owners Kraft, as it announced it will continue the multi-million pound investment that Cadbury had already planned for the site, with cash to be pumped directly into improvements to chocolate manufacturing.

 Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Thousands of jobs to be lost as councils struggle with budgets (all national print media this morning, national broadcast news including Channel 4 and News 24 last night): Extensive coverage of yesterday's redundancies announcement. The Leader quoted in the Guardian, Daily Sport, Stephen Hughes quoted in Morning Star. David Prentis, general secretary of Unison widely quoted attacking the cutbacks. Radio WM today focus on threat to nursery provision. Birmingham Post Iron Angle (page 2: Has Anyone seen Mike Whitby lately?) further focus on politics behind announcement plus page 24 Paul Dale background: Council 'panic' led to jobs cull. Cllr Albert Bore quoted.

Disruptive pupils 'hidden' from Ofsted inspectors (Birmingham Post, page 3, Birmingham Mail, page 5): St Edmund Campion school in Erdington at centre of investigation over claims it drafted in teachers from other schools during inspection and got rid of unruly pupils. Also collective grievance put in by unions. Headteacher denies claims, BCC confirms the school is under investigation.

End of drama for election counts? (Birmingham Post, page 22, the Stirrer): Audit Commission report orders BCC to follow an 18-point improvement plan over its annual accounts. Paul Dransfield quoted claiming things need to improve.

Warning over elderly care bill (Birmingham Post, page 27): Birmingham one of 70 local authorities signing a letter calling on the Government to rethink the Personal Care at Home Bill. Cllr Sue Anderson quoted.

Tories and the white wing (Birmingham Post, page 31): Focus on Birmingham set to become first major ethnic city posing the question how relevant will the city's Conservative Party be in that context.

End is nigh for tower blocks (Express and Star, page 1): Demolition of 16-storey tower blocks in Birchfield as part of ambitious 15-year regeneration programme. With picture.

How Birmingham can help Europe in the climate change war (Public Service): Cllr Paul Tilsley writes about attending Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.

Regional Headlines

Pupils warned over offers of lift from pair: Youngsters at Birmingham schools are being warned about a man and a woman approaching pupils as they wait at bus stops.

National Headlines

Expenses authority to cost £6.5 million

Swine flu drugs service shut down

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