Media Watch – Dec 10 (am)

By on 10/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Will Hughes be the next to leave the city council? (Birmingham Post)
With the ink barely dry on the resignation letters of two of his most senior officers, Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes could be the next to leave the city after he emerged as a possible contender for one of the country’s best public sector jobs.

Birmingham launches bid for UK City of Culture status (Birmingham Post, WM, BRMB, Heart, Central, Smooth)
Birmingham has launched its bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture, with a £200 million boost to the local economy expected if it is successful. Post Arts Editor Terry Grimley looks more closely at the bid with a double page spread.

Watchdog Questions Brmingham City Council’s ability to deliver cost cuts (Birmingham Post)
A local government watchdog has challenged an upbeat report on Birmingham City Council's ambitious business transformation project. The Audit Commission says it is not clear that all of the promised £900 million savings will be achieved.

Inspection blow for Birmingham’s children’s services (Birmingham Post)
Children's services run by Birmingham City Council are continuing to perform badly, education watchdog Ofsted said yesterday.

City under scrutiny as a paradise for foodies (Birmingham Post)
Birmingham will become the culinary capital of the world next summer after beating Madrid to a coveted food honour. THe City Council and Marketing Birmingham will announce today that the Delice network of Good Food Cities has voted to select Birmingham as its City Under the Microscope during July 2010.

Friday election count considered (Birmingham Post) Birmingham could break with tradition by counting next year’s General Election results on the Friday morning, the day after the votes are cast.

Store reopens after mice closure 
A Tesco store in Birmingham city centre where mice were found has reopened after being given the all-clear from environmental health officers.

Regional Headlines

Cyclist dies after bus collision 
A cyclist has died after becoming trapped under a bus following a collision in Birmingham city centre. The collision happened on the Lancaster Circus roundabout, near James Watt Queensway, in Aston, at about 0610 GMT.

Seven in court on murder charge 
Seven people have appeared in court charged with murdering a 57-year-old man who died after an alleged assault.Brian Peters, of West Heath, Birmingham, died in hospital after an incident in Wychall Road, Northfield, Birmingham, early on Saturday.
 
Ex-BBC presenter Ashley Blake refused leave to appeal  
A former BBC TV presenter who was jailed for two years for hitting a teenager with a pole has been told he cannot appeal against his sentence.  Ashley Blake, who presented Midlands Today, was jailed in September for wounding Greg Jones, 17, and intending to pervert the course of justice.

National Headlines

Tories warn National Insurance rise will hit NHS budget 
The government’s plan to raise National Insurance by an additional 0.5% “will lead to a real cut in health spending”, the shadow chancellor has told the BBC.

Fresh details of MPs’ expenses claims are revealed 
The latest details of expenses claimed by MPs under the controversial second homes allowance have been published.
 
Intercept evidence problems emerge in mock trials 
Major problems over using intercept evidence in criminal trials in England and Wales have emerged in tests, the government is expected to announce.
 
UK Met Office warns carbon emissions must peak by 2020 
Keeping global temperature rise under 2C (3.7F) will be almost impossible unless carbon emissions begin to fall within a decade, analysis suggests. The conclusion comes from a study by the UK Met Office (UKMO).

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