Media Watch – August 3 (am)

By on 03/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum to pilot push to make £7 billion work much harder (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has been chosen to pilot a new Government value-for-money push. Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes believes Total Place can help offset the impact of future public spending cuts.

‘I am not a number’, says resignation email worker (Birmingham Post) A council worker has quit her well-paid job after almost 40 years’ service – and told her workmates in a global email: “I am not a number.”

Birmingham all set to break into locations market (Birmingham Post) Double-page spread on the growing success of Birmingham City Council’s Film Birmingham office. Survivors producer Hugh Warren quoted, as is Film Birmingham manager Matthew Stanton.

Full-time cop at care home (Sunday Mercury) A police officer was stationed at a troubled care home for kids after cops were called out to runaways an astonishing 1,630 times in five years.

Regional Headlines

Fresh hope for JLR as Tata’s problems ease (Birmingham Post) A distinct thawing in relations between Tata and the Government and an improvement in the Indian motor giant’s credit rating have raised the prospect of a deal for Jaguar Land Rover as early as this week.

Shop vacancy rates increase in the Midlands (Birmingham Post) New research shows nearly 14 per cent of shops in Birmingham are standing empty as the recession claims more High Street casualties.

Jogger appeal over driver death  (BBC)
Detectives hunting for the killer of a taxi-driver who was stabbed in the head want to speak to two joggers seen in the area.

Huge numbers at carnival  (BBC)
Thousands of people attended the Birmingham Carnival. A mardi-gras style procession with decorated floats, steel bands and dancers left Handsworth Park earlier and arrived at Perry Park.

Riders raise funds for hospital  (BBC)
More than 100 scooters drove through the West Midlands to raise money for a military hospital.The Amery Scooter Club, in Willenhall, organised the ride out to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham where it handed over a cheque for £1,000.

National Headlines

Barclays profit up to almost £3bn

End MoD payout appeal, says aide

Tough citizenship test outlined

New bid to cut youth re-offending

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