Media Watch – April 15

By on 15/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse latest (Extensive coverage across all media) Former headteacher Ian Kershaw has been appointed as the city council's new chief adviser to oversee the city council's investigation into allegations that hardline Muslims have plotted to take control of some Birmingham schools.

Haunted by my bubbly boy's brutal killing (Birmingham Mail) The birth father of Kieron Barley, shaken to death by his mother's new boyfriend, has spoken of his loss. Reference made to a Serious Case Review being carried out into Kieron's death.

Binmen angered by '£600 overtime loss' (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the corporate end of overtime at the city council. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted as saying the end of non-contractual overtime or related payments would help reduce the number of redundancies in later years.

Snap up a slice of Benefits Street - for just £20,000 (Birmingham Mail) A plot of wasteland at James Turner Street is being sold at auction by the city council. It is expected that the land, if sold, will be used for car parking or storage.

The problem of dangerous owners (Dog World) Feature looking at recent ITV documentary Dangerous Dogs, which featured input from the council. Writer concludes that the piece was “a PR disaster for the profession” but added that the city council has a “forward thinking” policy on keeping dogs in social housing.

The craziest compensation claims in history (Mirror.co.uk) Feature covering payouts from around the world. Reference made to a gravedigger who received £65,000 for a knee injury sustained after falling into a plot that he had dug. No reference made to the year of the incident or any other circumstances relating to it.

Regional Headlines

The selection process for 450 new West Midlands Police officers is set to start tomorrow, after 20,000 applications were received for the roles.

Union bosses have criticised rail operator London Midland over its plans to cut 150 jobs.

National Headlines

US President Barack Obama calls on Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to use his influence to make separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down.

A robotic submarine sent to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has had its first mission cut short, as it exceeds its operating depth.

Church and civic bells will ring 96 times across Merseyside later to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

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