Media Watch – August 9

By on 09/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham commission to get young people into work (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Online, BBC WM, Free, Birmingham Post) A jobs commission has been set up by Birmingham City Council in a bid to tackle youth unemployment.

‘No Brand’ cigs plan is backed (Birmingham Mail) Public health chiefs in Birmingham have given their 100 per cent backing for Government plans to strip cigarette packets of all branding.

Sky’s the limit for Stacey (Birmingham Mail) X Factor star and TV presenter Stacey Solomon whizzed into Birmingham to promote the city’s Sky Ride which will be held next weekend.

Crackdown nets eight street drinkers (Birmingham Mail) Eight people have been caught since a landmark injunction was introduced to tackle the scourge of street drinkers in Moseley.

Free school scuppered over lack of playground (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council planners have decided they would rather risk costly legal action than approve a school with no playground. The planning committee voted by 11 to two against allowing the East Birmingham Network to open a free school for disengaged pupils at the busy Swan Shopping Centre in Yardley.

Council paid out £110k to teachers after tribunals (Birmingham Post) A total of £110,000 has been paid to teachers and school staff by Birmingham City Council following industrial tribunals, new figures have revealed.

The Shakespearean jewel at the heart of the library (Birmingham Post) Feature looking at the new Library of Birmingham examines the Birmingham Shakespeare Library.

£80,000 for sports fields and repairing arson damage (Birmingham Post) Grants totalling £80,000 are being invested in Perry Barr sports facilities and a fire damaged church.

A 21st century park for the people (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is creating its first park since Queen Victoria was on the throne (Eastside Park).

Old Hall was left off protection list (Birmingham Post) A filing mix-up has been blamed for a threatened Edwardian church hall (Glyn Edwards Hall, Acocks Green) being omitted from an official online council list of historic buildings.

New city library scheme for youngsters (Birmingham Post) Children in Birmingham are encouraged to get into reading by taking part in a libraries challenge.

Regional Headlines

Man, 28, charged over taxi murder
A 28-year-old man is charged with the murder of a mother-of-three who died after she was fatally stabbed in a taxi in Birmingham.

Riots looter admits ‘I was wrong’
A man convicted for burgling a garage in Birmingham during the riots a year ago says he was wrong to be there.

National Headlines

MoD error over troops’ body parts
Body parts and tissue samples of soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept without their families’ permission, the Ministry of Defence says.

Gu Kailai on trial for UK murder
The wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai goes on trial for the murder of a British businessman, amid a scandal that has rocked China’s political system.

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