Media Watch – March 12

By on 12/03/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Khyra’s mother and stepfather sentenced (BBC News, ITN, Sky News, BBC Midlands Today, Central News, Radio WM,, Angela Gordon, the mother of Khyra Ishaq, has been sentenced to 15 years for her daughter’s manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.  She will be jailed for seven and a half years and the remainder of the sentence will be spent on licence.  Her partner, Junaid Abuhamza, has been jailed indefinitely and must serve a minimum of seven and a half years.  Cllr Ian Ward spoke to Ed Doolan to call for a public enquiry.  Council statement:
Hoard returns to Brum (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM, Express & Star) Helmet fragments are amongst 59 previously unseen Staffordshire Hoard items that will go on display at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from this weekend.  Curator Dave Symons interviewed on TV and radio.

Student village approved (Express & Star) A £21 million student village will be built in Aston after winning the approval of Birmingham City Council.  The development would include a theatre, library and bars on the site of the former Globe Works in Cliveland Street, alongside the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Planners forced to back new housing (Birmingham Mail): Planners have no power over three storey house built without planning permission in Moseley because there were no grounds for refusal.

Funding row hits MG Rover site plan (Birmingham Mail): Transformation of MG Rover's former site is under threat following row between developers and City Council. Dispute hinges on contribution for cost of roads and public transport by developer St Modwen. Cllr Douglas Osborn quoted.

The £113,000 wages of spin (Daily Mail): Article about Terry Brownbill's contract with BCC during Khyra Ishaq trial. Says an internal investigation has been launched to see if Terry's contract broke Council rules. Khalid Mahmood and Taxpayers' Alliance quoted criticising hiring Terry. Terry quoted labelling Mr Mahmood an “ill-informed man”. Council spokesperson quoted explaining lack of capacity in small press office was reason for hiring Terry.

High Speed Rail on track (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM - Phil Upton): Coverage of announcement of 45 minute rail link to London. Birmingham Mail features picture of Leader with Gordon Brown and vox pop with public welcoming the news. Radio WM interviews Birmingham Forward representative along with David Bull from BCC highlighting business benefit to the region. More jobs, greater wealth, increased house prices for city and region.
Cities unite to drive inward investment (The Municipal Journal): Article about MIPIM 2010 highlights Birmingham taking part. The Leader quoted saying it's important to take part in face of recession and keep Birmingham on the world map for inward investment.

Sentencing for Khyra killers (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM): Mother and stepfather of Khyra Ishaq set to be sentenced today. Defence claims that both stepfather and mother were suffering from mental illness at the time of Khyra's death and both did not intend to kill her.

700 council workers apply for redundancy (Birmingham Mail): Report based on leaked letter to CYPF staff that more than 700 people have applied for voluntary redundancy in the department.

Khyra Ishaq: Labour MP calls for Birmingham officials to go (Community care): Steve McCabe calls for resignations over death of Khyra Ishaq. Cllr Lawrence quoted questioning Mr McCabe's integrity.

Birmingham social services says no knee jerk reaction to Khyra Ishaq case (BBC Radio WM - Ed Doolan): Interview with Yvette Waide explaining how decisions are made about intervening with families (this comes on the back of Amaani Malik case in which mother claims social services intervened because she told her daughter she was born by caesarean section and was reported by nursery for cuddled her too much).

Regional Headlines

Lib Dems party conference will bring £11 million to city (BBC Radio WM): Hotels and restaurants in Birmingham will gain major bonus from conference. Nick Clegg interviewed.

National Headlines

BNP teachers will not be banned
BA union set to announce strikes
Cases of self-harm rise by 50 per cent

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