Media Watch – April 11

By on 11/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Region sets out plans to claw back BBC funds (Birmingham Post) City leaders, including Sir Albert Bore, have drawn up a manifesto explaining what the region can offer the BBC

Tory anger as council refuses to lower the flag (Birmingham Post) Former council leader Mike Whitby has criticised the council for not lowering the flag following the death of Margaret Thatcher. Sir Albert Bore said there is no precedent in recent years for lowering the flag to mark the death of former prime ministers with no connection to the city – nothing was done to mark the deaths of Edward Heath or James Callaghan. Story also in the Daily Mail

Mobile app to show library’s hidden gems (Birmingham Post/Mail) The new Library of Birmingham is launching a new mobile app to showcase its hidden treasures

Watchdog ‘incompetent’ over abuse report delay (Birmingham Post) The chief executive of Nechells Regeneration Project has criticised the delay in the publication of the serious case review into Little Stars nursery – the delay is holding up his charity’s insurance claim. The multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board, which publishes the SCR, said it was an extremely complex case and they would not compromise the need to ensure the review is robust and thorough

Regional Headlines:

Three jailed for businessman killing (BBC online) Three men are jailed for killing a mobile phone businessman during a robbery in 2011

Anger as shared police resources plan collapses (Birmingham Post) West Midlands police chiefs have admitted they were left stunned at the decision by the Staffordshire force to back out of plans to share resources

National Headlines:

Korea and Syria high on G8 agenda – The Korean and Syrian crises will be high on the agenda when foreign ministers from the G8 group of nations hold talks in London

Organ donation soars since 2008 – The number of people in the UK donating organs after death has increased by 50 per cent over the last five years

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