Media Watch – August 24th

By on 24/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pope to visit Midlands (The Voice): First visit by Pope to UK since 1982. Interview with Cllr Rudge highlighting diversity and multi-faith background of Birmingham and claims Pope visit will be once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for city's Catholics.

Cash-strapped are warned against using loan sharks (Birmingham Mail): People in Birmingham turning to loan sharks and door-step lenders charging extortionate interest. Jacqui Kennedy quoted asking people to seek advice if in trouble.

It's the start of your future (Birmingham Mail): Spotlight on GCSE pupils picking up results with full length article from Tony Howell congratulating pupils and talking about options for the future.

Help us to care for our Karina (Birmingham Mail): Couple criticise social services, claiming they failed to find a home for their daughter who has severe learning difficulties. Quote from BCC spokesperson saying authority is working with family to resolve the issue.

Arson and vandal attacks on empty pubs soaring (Birmingham Mail): Empty pubs should be stripped of all fixtures and fittings to stop vandalism and arson. BCC, fire and police create “building watch” scheme to keep track of empty commercial properties. Cllr Neil Eustace quoted.

Police sidestep CCTV questions (Birmingham Mail): Cllr Nigel Dawkins accuses police of being evasive over inquiry into installation of CCTV in Sparkhill and Washwood Heath by stonewalling questions asked by councillors.

You want to see the Pope? You'll have to leave your gazebo at the door (Birmingham Mail): List of banned items sent by Vatican to authorities ahead of Pope's visit including Vuvuzelas.

Regional Headlines

GCSE exam results day debate (BBC Radio WM): Is it necessary to have so much emphasis on exams? Beverley Mabey quoted from Washwood Heath Technology college talking about her school's success with “vertical learning” - doing exams by age not stage. Debate on importance of exams. Perry Beeches school also quoted as “most improved” - interview with Ian Heeley, of Waverley School which has 100 per cent A* – C pass rate.

Central Library will not be given listed status (BBC Radio WM, Phil Upton Show): BCC defends spending money on new library despite survey saying use of library being done by one third. Brian Gambles says library visits are up in Birmingham.

Lodge Hill cemetery (Radio WM): New plots of land to open in cemetery.

National Headlines

Pressure high as GCSE results due
Report on Claudy bomb attack due
Hamilton fined for driving stunts
Britons survive Philippines siege

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