Media Watch – August 8

By on 08/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£110k payouts for city school staff (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been forced to pay out £110,000 to teachers and school staff following industrial tribunals, new figures have revealed.

A golden Mo-ment for Brum (Birmingham Mail) Fresh from running to Olympic gold and winning the hearts of the nation, 10,000m hero Mo Farah declared: “Now bring on Birmingham.” Birmingham City Council deputy leader, Cllr Ian Ward, believes the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium on 26 August will be a big hit.

Website will offer advice on police poll (Birmingham Mail) With 100 days to go before the West Midlands elects its first Police and Crime Commissioner, a special website has been launched to help voters.

Muhammad Ali picture on display in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) An iconic image of the boxer is one of 70 photographs displayed on the streets of Birmingham to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exhibition also features a shot of Japanese Sumo wrestlers grappling with each other in 1951, plus shots from the 1972 Munich Games. It has been backed by the new Library of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council.

Council asks MPs to consider charging for FoI requests (Press Gazette) Birmingham City Council has asked MPs to consider introducing a £25 fee for handling Freedom of Information requests.

Regional Headlines

Policeman injured by petrol bomb
A police officer is being treated for burns after a petrol bomb was thrown at him in Birmingham.

Man arrested after taxi stabbing
A 28-year-old man is arrested by police investigating the murder of a woman in a taxi in the Northfield area of Birmingham.

National Headlines

Bank ‘to cut growth forecasts’
The Bank of England is expected to say UK economic growth will be close to zero in 2012, rather than the 0.8% predicted in May, when it updates its forecasts.

Britain aims to add to gold haul
Team GB are looking to add to their best Olympics gold medal haul since 1908, with the focus now on showjumping, boxing and canoeing.

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