Media Watch – August 12

By on 12/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

On the taxpayers tab (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s bill for taxi journeys and private hire vehicles hit a staggering £1.4 million last year, it can be revealed.

Race is on for city’s first elected mayor (Birmingham Post) The campaign to become Birmingham’s first directly elected mayor has already begun, according to the MP (Sion Simon) who quit the Commons in a bid to lead the city.

Original Elgar manuscript revealed (Birmingham Post) An original musical manuscript written by Edward Elgar is to be revealed for the first time since the composer presented it to the Birmingham Oratory in 1902. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12100

Library spin doctor to get six-figure sum (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is set to spend a six-figure sum on hiring spin doctors to promote the city’s new library.

Cardinal gets laser brush-up for Pope (BBC News 24, ITV Central, Sky News, BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail. Express and Star) A 19th Century bust of Cardinal John Henry has been cleaned with a state-of-the-art laser gun. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12071

Rare Communion Silver Bought for Birmingham (Express and Star, ITV Central, artdaily.org) A rare collection of communion silver – with some pieces dating back over 500 years – has just been bought for Birmingham with the help of a £27,000 grant from the Art Fund.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12063
 
Solihull: A town divided (Birmingham Post) Solihull is to choose between rival offers from Birmingham and Coventry as council leaders make a crunch decision about which economic partnership to join.

Travellers move on to Yardley conservation area (BBC, Daily Mail) Residents living by Old Yardley Park, in Yardley, said they can no longer use the park because of the travellers, who parked there on Thursday. Birmingham City Council said it has issued a notice ordering them to move or face legal action.

Regional Headlines

‘No redundancies’ at new QE hospital in Birmingham
None of the 6,700 staff at Birmingham’s new £545m hospital will be made redundant as a result of NHS budget cuts, its chief executive has said.

Recluse stabbed mother to death in West Bromwich
A son described as recluse, who stabbed his mother to death, had his murder trial halted after a plea of diminished responsibility was accepted.

Arson attack at Birmingham community centre
A Birmingham community centre has been damaged in an arson attack. Windows were smashed in the incident at the junction of Bordesley Green and Imperial Road, Bordesley Green, early on Wednesday. Nobody was injured.

National Headlines

Breast cancer deaths fall in UK
Breast cancer deaths have fallen in the UK since the 1980s, but mortality rates from the disease continue to be among the highest in Europe, a study shows.

Many youngsters in secure units ‘far from home’
Young offenders and young people at risk in England are often placed in secure accommodation many miles from home, Ofsted inspectors say.

David Beckham has no England future, says Fabio Capello 
England coach Fabio Capello says he will not pick David Beckham to play in another competitive international.

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