Media Watch – Aug 5

By on 05/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council staff earning £100k+ (BBC WM) Report on data compiled by the Taxpayers' Alliance which shows just 0.1 per cent of the council's workforce (20 employees) earned more than £100,000 in 2012/13. Figures include redundancy pay and performance-related payments. The TPA say their report (based on figures already in the public domain) are part of an effort to “open up local government”.

First World War remembered (ITV Central) Feature on the great, great uncle of reporter Victoria Davies, who fought during the conflict after she researched his history, leading to the council adding his name to the list within the Hall of Memory.

Brazilians hit back at Birmingham ‘favela’ claims (Birmingham Mail) Claims that a Birmingham suburb was turning into a “favela” have drawn an angry response from Brazilians. Birmingham City Council’s planning committee member Fiona Williams previously warned that Selly Oak and Bournbrook was “going to become Britain’s first favela” if the rate of student conversions continued.

Arena Central’s first phase poised to get green light (Birmingham Post) City planners are poised to hand the green light to the first phase of the long-awaited Arena Central development this week.

Staffordshire Hoard conservation shortlisted for award (BBC) The Staffordshire Hoard Conservation Programme has been shortlisted for an international award.

Regional Headlines

Ambulance chief’s pay ‘obscene’
The chief executive of the West Midlands and East of England ambulance services’ salary is branded “obscene” by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter.

Ex-boxer Moore shot twice in legs
Former European light-middleweight boxing champion, Jamie Moore, has been shot twice in the legs but is recovering in hospital, a Birmingham fighter tweets.

National Headlines

Family shock at parole judge remark
The parents of a murder victim call for an explanation after hearing a judge say impact statements made by bereaved families make “no difference” to Parole Board judgements.

Northern cities unveil transport bid
Five cities in northern England are set to unveil a joint £15bn plan to improve road and rail connections in the North.

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