Media Watch – Dec 23 (am)

By on 23/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Record breaking year for Birmingham’s German market (Birmingham Post, Dec 23)
The Frankfurt Christmas Market has achieved another record-breaking turnout this year with visitor numbers falling just short of the three million mark.
Jim Kelly interviewed on BBC Radio WM.
Another record year in Birmingham –

Cameron could embarrass council over ‘new Dutton’s’ £153k salary (Birmingham Post, Dec 23)
Birmingham City Council’s new Strategic Director of Development will receive a salary of up to £153,483, a decision which is likely to place the successful candidate in the firing line of a Conservative attack on over-paid public servants.

Wholesale change planned (Birmingham Post, Dec 23)
Some of the world’s leading investment companies are joining forces to explore the possibility of developing Birmingham’s huge Wholesale Markets site.

High street tree planting works leave a bad taste for Michelin-star chef (Birmingham Post, Dec 23)
A Michelin-star chef is threatening to sue Birmingham City Council for compensation after workmen turned the street outside his celebrated restaurant into a ‘bombsite’.

Crunch pain sees little gain (Birmingham Post, Dec 23)
Only a small fraction of cash promised to Birmingham City Council by developers in return for obtaining planning permission has been handed over and spent during the past decade, new figures show.

BBC radio WM reports on hopes that USA gymnasts could base themselves in Birmingham ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Cllr Lines interviewed by WM and BRMB regarding provision of services with the Salvation Army for the rough sleepers over Christmas.

Regional Headlines

Proposal to raise dangerous driving sentences 
Justice Secretary Jack Straw has proposed increasing the current two-year maximum jail term for dangerous driving to five years. It follows a campaign for an increased tariff by the parents of Birmingham toddler who was paralysed by a car travelling at more than 70mph in a 30mph zone.

Man rescued from 30ft-deep ditch 
A man had to be rescued from a 30ft-deep embankment in the Black Country after he jumped out of the way of a car that had lost control.

Woman’s death was ‘gross failure’ 
Gross failures and neglect contributed to the death of a grandmother-of-five after a routine procedure went wrong at a Birmingham hospital, a coroner ruled.

Jaguar Land Rover offering 100 graduate jobs 
Car maker Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will be offering more than 100 graduate jobs and student placements next year.

National Headlines

Coach crash in Cornwall leaves two dead and 47 injured 
Two women have died and another 47 people have been injured in a coach crash on a country road in Cornwall.
Universities’ annual funding reduced by £533m 
Universities are talking to government officials about where the cuts will fall
The government is to cut university funding by £533m – from £7.81bn this year to £7.29bn for 2010-11, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has said.

Teenage killings in UK drop 30% in one year 
The number of teenagers killed violently in the UK has fallen by 30% in one year, BBC research has found.

Tories accuse hospitals of ‘fiddling’ A&E waiting times 
Hospitals are fiddling a four-hour A&E wait target by using other wards as dumping grounds, the Conservatives say.

‘Legal high’ clubbing drugs banned in UK 
A ban on several drugs known as “legal highs” has come into force. The substances, including GBL and BZP, become Class C drugs, with a possible two-year jail sentence for possession.

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  1. Richard Morris says:

    Citing articles from the BP without a link is irritating – especially when one discovers these stories are not yet on the BP website.

    • geoffc says:


      As you correctly state, the articles are not yet online and therefore no link exists.

      However the purpose of Media Watch is to reflect media coverage and as the stories were in today’s Post, it would have been wrong to ignore them.