Media Watch – August 25 (am)

By on 25/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sprint star Bolt heading for university track before 2012 (Birmingham Post) Usain Bolt will make use of the athletics track at the University of Birmingham.  Eight former students at the Uni have competed in the Olympics.  Reference made in the article, of The Leader, Cllr Whitby, travelling to Berlin to secure the deal for this on behalf of the city.

Clinical waste chaos (Letter’s page, Birmingham Mail)  Letters making reference to the ongoing controversy about clinical waste collection service in Birmingham.

Transforming the HR Function (Personnel Today)  This article states that, Birmingham Council has taken its HR function through major transformation including job cuts, quotes inc from Andy Albon.

DJ Redstone Financial Close on Phase 1 Schools Programme (Dow Jones Equities Wire)  ‘Redstone’ a national IT and Communications solution provider; announced it has achieved financial closure on the first phase of the Building Schools for the Future in Birmingham.

Council Conmen (The Sun) The national paper (on page 11) states in its first paragraph that “Council chiefs’ salaries are under the spotlight.  Why does Birmingham City Council need to pay their town clerk, Stephen Hughes, £210,000?    The article goes on to make reference to other Chief Executives, and suggests that redundant managers from private industry could do these jobs for a third of the money.

Regional Headlines

Not enough cab drivers in Wolverhampton (BBC WM News 25 Aug) There is a shortage of cab drivers in Wton due to conditions under which they can start operating the service.

Race for Helpers (Exp & Star) Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help stage the Birmingham Half Marathon to help keep runners on the right track. Anyone interested can call the House of Sport on 0121 464 2012.

National Headlines

Devastating fires still raging around Athens

Call to report fly-tipping in countryside

Coroners say Michael Jackson case is now homicide

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