Media Watch – August 21

By on 21/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

New director for 'inadequate' children's services (Birmingham Post) Bernadette McNally, currently executive director at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, has been appointed executive director of children's services at Birmingham City Council. Quotes chief executive Mark Rogers and Ms McNally

City tunnels to reopen on time (Birmingham Post) City commuters have been flocking onto public transport during the tunnel closures

The man who rewrote our city's history (Birmingham Post) Feature on Birmingham's official archaeologist Mike Hodder who has retired from the city council

Review into other school heads 'driven out' by Muslim pressure (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is actively reviewing the cases of head teachers who claim they were driven out by Trojan Horse elements. The review is also referenced in the Daily Mail

Major city developments set to get green light (Birmingham Post) A trio of developments that will transform the city are set to get approval. The article looks at the conversion of two buildings in Digbeth and the latest stage addition to the Masshouse project

Two arrested in Mecca trip fraud probe (Birmingham Mail) Detectives in east London have arrested two men and seized £400,000 as part of a Hajj fraud investigation led by Birmingham City Council trading standards officers. Quotes head of trading standards Sajeela Naseer

Saddled up for the city Bikeathon (Birmingham Mail) A large-scale charity cycle event will take place on 21 September, with the support of Birmingham City Council

Protest over housing development (BBC WM) Residents complain about the cutting down of trees to make way for a housing development in Small Heath. A statement from the city council said housing was desperately needed across the city and that semi-mature trees would be planted in the area

Engineering firm's expansion means hundreds of new jobs (Birmingham Post) HydraForce is to build a new factory at the advanced manufacturing hub in Aston, one of a number of economic zones in the city. The move was facilitated by the city council

Hannah's £5,000 to help cancer battle (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham trading standards officer Hannah Davies took part in the Ironman triathlon in Austria to raise money for charity

Regional Headlines:

West Midlands PCC by-election under way – Voting in the by-election for a new West Midlands police and crime commissioner is under way

Farah set to race in Birmingham – Double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah confirms he will race over two miles at the Birmingham Diamond League

National Headlines:

US military tried to free Foley – A US secret military mission recently tried but failed to free American hostages in Syria, including murdered reporter James Foley, US officials say

'Volatile' GCSE results expected – Hundreds of thousands of pupils are receiving their GCSE grades, with warnings of “shocks in store” for some schools

Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies – Ireland’s former prime minister Albert Reynolds, who played a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, dies at the age of 81

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