Media Watch – August 12

By on 12/08/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Claims that Birmingham’s libraries have a freeze on buying fiction (BBCWM) People also claiming that some libraries are asking for book donations. They read out part of the BCC statement which explains that all new purchases are looked at on a case by case basis.

Eid Mela to draw 40,000 for celebrations in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Tens of thousands of Muslims are expected to enjoy Birmingham’s Eid Mela this weekend. Quotes Cllr Zafar Iqbal, chairman of the organising committee.

BBC accused of ‘abandoning’ Birmingham after removing almost all TV and radio shows from city’s production hub (Independent) The BBC has been accused of “abandoning” Birmingham by removing almost all of its television and radio shows from what was once its biggest production hub outside London. Just over 18 months ago the BBC appointed Tommy Nagra to raise the profile of BBC Birmingham. He told Birmingham City Council’s culture scrutiny committee: “It is one of the biggest frustrations for me, people think we have stopped making programmes in Birmingham. We have got a lot of work to do on that front.”

Regional Headlines:

Life on an estate in the 1990s – Robert Clayton’s images of the Lion Farm estate in the West Midlands.

‘Illegal immigrants’ seen jumping out of lorry in Walsall by M6 – Six people, thought to be illegal immigrants, have been arrested after several people were spotted jumping out of a lorry by the M6.

National Headlines:

School truancies lead to rise in prosecution of parents – The number of parents taken to court in England because of children skipping school rose sharply last year, official figures show.

China’s yuan currency falls for a second day – China’s Central Bank has again cut the guiding rate for the national currency, the yuan, a day after Tuesday’s record 1.9% devaluation.

Airport shops urged to pass VAT savings on to customers – Airport shops are being urged to pass VAT savings on after it emerged some are keeping the extra money they earn when customers show boarding passes.


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