Media Watch – Dec 9 (am)

By on 09/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Coverage of Comprehensive Area Assessments – CAAs (Guardian, Daily Telegraph, BBC)
Two green flags as city welcomes CAA findings –

Khalid Mahmood appeared on Radio WM and was critical of Birmingham City Council’s efforts to tackle unemployment through Be Birmingham.

Nine councils ‘failing to protect children’ (Daily Telegraph) Nine councils, including Birmingham City Council, have been accused of failing to protect children from violence and abuse after an official review.

Focus fixed on improving the lives of vulnerable young people

Cllr Les Lawrence appeared on Radio WM saying he was ‘baffled’ by the assessment and critical of the overall Ofsted process. Cllr Lawrence accepted there are issues to be addressed but insisted Birmingham City Council is making good progress.

Archbishop praises artwork (BBC, Birmingham Post Online, Teletext)
Birmingham City Council and a major art institution have been praised for their role helping tell the Christmas story by the new Archbishop of Birmingham. The Most Reverend Bernard Longley said he had been “encouraged” to see posters advertising the Nativity Trail at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Regional Headlines

Prince Charles visits soldiers at Selly Oak hospital (Birmingham Post Online) Injured troops being cared for in Birmingham were paid a morale-boosting visit by HRH Prince of Wales.

Jobs hang in the balance after Coventry Airport closure (Birmingham Post Online) Business leaders have called for urgent talks after it was confirmed that Coventry Airport would close as hundreds of jobs hang in the balance.

M42 hard shoulder use is expanded  Drivers on the M42 are now able to continue using the hard shoulder at junctions as part of a scheme to ease congestion.

Seven charged with man’s murder  Seven people have been charged with murdering a 57-year-old Birmingham man who died after an alleged assault. Brian Peters, of West Heath, died in hospital hours after an incident in Wychall Road, Northfield, in the early hours of Saturday.

National Express ‘planning 200 job cuts’  National Express is planning to cut about 200 jobs in the West Midlands and wider parts of its business, the BBC has learnt.

‘Hurt’ husband drove into church  A man has been jailed for 10 months after driving through the doors of the Black Country church in which he was married after his relationship failed.

National Headlines

The pre-Budget report ‘to include 50% bank bonus tax’ 
A tax on bankers’ bonuses is expected to form the centrepiece of Alistair Darling’s pre-Budget report – the last before the general election.

Website offers ratings for public services in England 
People can check the quality of public services across England on a new website set up by the Audit Commission.

Parents sue pushchair maker over ‘injury warnings’ 
A group of parents is suing pushchair maker Maclaren claiming it knew its products had injured children and ignored warnings others could get hurt.

Schools ‘trying to steal pupils’ 
Some state schools in England are using underhand tactics to attract the most desirable pupils, says a report.

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