Media Watch – Aug 7

By on 07/08/2014 in Media Watch

 Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Trojan Horse: Councils to tackle oversight gap (Children & Young People Now) Two recent independent reports into allegations of an extremist culture in Birmingham schools found that the council was not only aware of the schools' practices long before they surfaced but inadvertently fuelled the situation.

City looking at congestion charge in bid to cut worst car emissions (Birmingham Post) Congestion charges on some of Birmingham's busiest roads are being investigated by the city council as it comes under pressure to tackle air pollution.  Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

£100k-plus council staff are revealed (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council paid 10 staff more than £100,000 a year basic salary in the last financial year despite massive cuts which have seen thousands of jobs go.  .

Arena Central plan could get go-ahead (Birmingham Post) City planners were set to hand the green light to the first phase of the long-awaited Arena Central development in Birmingham this week.  

'Birmingham Baccalaureate' skills policy hangs in balance (Birmingham Post) The future of Birmingham City Council's flagship education policy is hanging in the balance just a month before youngsters return to school. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

We've come a long way - but we're not there yet (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has been transformed from a 'low-skills economy built on metal-bashing' 25 years ago to a vibrant city with a host of leisure attractions, says council leader Sir Albert Bore. Interview with Sir Albert Bore ahead of the Birmingham Mail's Pride of Birmingham Awards next month.

Rantzen 'in running' for Birmingham TV licence (Birmingham Post) Veteran broadcaster Esther Rantzen is planning a bid to become the saviour of local television in Birmingham - amid increasing calls for the city's licence to be put out to tender again.

Sale of NEC 'complete by the end of the year' (Birmingham Post) Bosses of the NEC Group say the sale will be completed by the end of the year as they unveiled a small rise in turnover.

Judge throws out latest legal challenge to HS2 (Birmingham Post) The latest stumbling block for the Government's high-speed rail project, which would run between London and Birmingham, has been overcome after campaigners lost a legal challenge.  

Poppy project bursts into life in week to remember (Birmingham Post) A burst of colour to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War has been created at a Birmingham beauty spot - Witton Lakes.

City leader Sir Albert weds fellow councillor (Birmingham Post) Birmingham's own Victoria and Albert - the city council leader and his senior councillor partner (Cllr Victoria Quinn) - have tied the knot.
City Muslim festival chief ditched 'in flag row' (Birmingham Post) The chairman of the organising committee for one of Birmingham's biggest outdoor public events (Eid Mela) has been replaced at the last minute in a row over flying the Palestinian flag over the city Council House. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Zafar Iqbal saying that not to do with Gaza, due to fresh round of council appointments following elections and annual meetings.

Birmingham Public Health (Noor TV) Dental health update

Widow left heartbroken as grave-robbers strike (Birmingham Mail, BBCWM) A devastated widow has labelled thieves who stole treasure ornaments from her husband's grave 'evil scumbags'.  Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

Colourful day's right up our street (Birmingham Mail) Kings Heath roads were painted in bright colours and sealed to traffic yesterday as kids turned back the clock and discovered what it is like to play in the streets. (Playing Out Campaign supported by Active Parks and Kings Heath Library staff.)

Regional Headlines

May: Police election still worth it despite turnout - The Home Secretary accepts that fewer than 12 per cent of the West Midlands is likely to vote in the forthcoming police and crime commissioner by-election but said it didn't mean it was unpopular.

‘Poisoning’ probe suspect quizzed -  A woman undergoes mental health tests after 16 residents and staff at a sheltered housing complex are taken ill with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Former nurse guilty of murder – A former mental health nurse is found guilty of stabbing her partner to death with a kitchen knife.

National Headlines

Oscar Pistorius branded ‘deceitful’  – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is accused of dropping the “baton of truth” as his murder trial resumes for closing arguments.

Christians flee as Iraq town taken – Thousands of Iraqi Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamic militants seized the minority’s biggest town in the country.

‘Four admit’ Borneo student killings – Four men arrested in Borneo over the stabbing of two British medical students have “admitted their crime” according to a local police chief.

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