Media Watch – Dec 10

By on 10/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Birmingham City Council ‘failing the city and holding it back’ says Kerslake (widespread local and national coverage): Report on the key recommendations made by Bob Kerslake in his report. Leader Sir Albert Bore and Mark Rogers interviewed.

Council in crisis (Birmingham Mail): Five pages of coverage on the Kerslake Report findings plus commentary on the cuts set to be announced in today’s budget and issues identified in Birmingham’s schools in Ofsted’s annual report.  Leader Sir Albert Bore and chief executive Mark Rogers quoted.

Students get in on the act in post-Trojan Horse plan (Birmingham Mail): Theatre workshops, led by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, are one of activities listed in a post-Trojan Horse action plan drawn up by Birmingham City Council to stop pupils from being radicalised.

Buskers face ban from city centre (Birmingham Mail): Report on leaflets being issued to street performers last Saturday, banning them from New Street, High Street and four city squares as Christmas shoppers flock to the city centre.

Same sex couples can convert civil partnerships to marriages from today (BBC WM): Interview with a couple who will be converting their civil partnership to become a married couple at Birmingham Register Office on Saturday, as new legislation comes into effect today.

Lift at Beech Hill House in Bartley Green is now working (BBC WM): Update on story on a 99-year-old woman who said she had to crawl up stairs to her second floor flat.  Council spokesman quoted.

Smoke-affected school closure goes on (BBC News online): Wattville Primary School in Handsworth remains closed as smoke and fumes from a fire at neighbouring Middlemore Industrial Estate continues to blow across the school’s grounds.

Regional headlines

Malala Yousef is to receive her Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo later today.

A 31-year-old man is arrested over threats made to kill a West Midlands Police officer.

National headlines

Ofsted publishes its annual report, which warns that pupils at some secondary schools receive ‘indifferent’ teaching.

Parts of Britain are bracing themselves for a ‘weather bomb’ which set to deliver severe winds of 70-80mph today.

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