Media Watch – Aug 20

By on 20/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Head back in her job after Trojan saga (The Times, Midlands Today, Birmingham Mail) A head teacher who was forced out of a school at the centre of the 'Trojan horse' saga has won her job back. (Oldknow Academy)

Trojan Horse: Calls to reinstate Trojan heads (BBC online) Three head teachers who left schools in Birmingham linked to the alleged Trojan Horse plot should be reinstated or compensated, the National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) said. Quotes BCC spokesperson explaining we are in continued dialogue with the NAHT and are reviewing key cases as recommended by the Ian Kershaw review.

Mother 'faces jail' for cancer girl's missed days at school (Daily Express, Daily Mail. Daily Telegraph, Daily Star, Metro, Daily Mirror ) Continued coverage of unauthorised absences at Paget Primary School which quotes BCC spokesperson explaining that no reason was given for the absences.

New director for children's services (BBC online) Birmingham's Children's Services - rated inadequate since 2008 - is to have a new executive director – Bernadette McNally. Quotes Mark Rogers, chief executive.

Road tunnels to open 'on schedule' (BBC online, Midlands Today) Refurbishment work on the A38 tunnels in Birmingham will be completed to re-open them on September 1, contractors say.  

Wood seat's just right for Ronnie (Birmingham Mail) Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood tweeted a picture of himself 'chilled out' in Highbury Park. 

£1m sell-off for landmark city building (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council hopes to raise almost £1 million from the sale of a grand city centre office block (on great Charles Street). 

Battle to be top of the cops (Birmingham Mail, BBCWM) Coverage of tomorrow's West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner By-Election.

Regional Headlines

Coach crashes down ditch on M5  – A coach carrying 53 people from the West Midlands leaves the motorway and crashes down a ditch on the M5 southbound.

Concern grows for missing girl, 12 – Police “concerns are growing” for a 12-year-old girl from Balsall Health who was last seen on Monday afternoon.

Tributes paid to New Street Station fall student – Tributes have been paid to an 18-year-old man who died almost a week after being found on railway tracks at Birmingham’s New Street Station.

National Headlines

Militants ‘kill reporter on video’  – The Islamic State militant group releases a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who was seized in Syria in 2012.

Israel strike ‘targeted Hamas chief’ – The wife and child of Hamas militant leader Mohammed Deif have reportedly been killed as Israeli air attacks leave 11 people dead in Gaza.

Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides – At least 27 people are killed in landslides caused by heavy rain that buried houses in Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture, officials say.

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