Media Watch – Feb 10

By on 10/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Birmingham’s budget revealed (BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC Radio WM) Birmingham City Council has confirmed that as many as 2000 council jobs will go by April 2011, as they look to make savings of £69 million in the next tax year.  Numerous areas will be affected, including homes for the elderly and leisure facilities, while revenues can be increased through areas such as parking.  Leader Stephen Hughes was interviewed on Midlands Today’s lunchtime bulletin.
Movies honour for new library (Express & Star) People will be able to watch classic movies and rare clips of television programmes at Birmingham’s new £193 million library.  The city council has struck a deal with the British Film Institute for a Mediatheque at the new building in Centenary Square, which will offer the rarest and most extraordinary clips from the huge BFI archive.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£60m budget black hole a jobs threat (Birmingham Mail) A black hole in the centre of Birmingham City Council’s finances has hit almost £60 million, raising fears that services and thousands of jobs will have to be sacrificed in order to get spending back under control.

Birmingham’s new charm offensive (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has taken out a full page advert in the internal magazine delivered to all MPs, telling them what a great city Birmingham is.

New OAP home plan for city (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of pensioners are set for a taste of the good life with plans for yet another retirement complex in Birmingham.

Widespread coverage of the Staffordshire Hoard display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

Birmingham axes youth grants (Children and Young People Now) Anger as city council terminates £800,000 in grant-aided funding for voluntary youth work organisations.

UK City of Culture Bid (BBC Radio WM)  Helga Henry interviewed by Ed Doolan, explaining how people can play a part in Birmingham’s bid.

Council’s Birmingham tower blocks’ demolition under way  (BBC) The demolition of three Birmingham tower blocks is getting under way. The 16-storey council blocks, in Birchfield, were built during the 1960s and are being dismantled as part of a regeneration programme.

Birmingham's MAC reopens after £15m overhaul (The Stage) Birmingham's Midlands Arts Centre will reopen on May 1 following a £15 million redevelopment project. As part of the scheme, which was jointly funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and a fund-raising campaign, the centre's theatre has been stripped out and fitted with new lighting and sound systems and new seating.

How Birmingham can help Europe in the climate change war ( Birmingham City Council’s deputy leader Paul Tilsley rubbed shoulders with some key figures when he went to the recent UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Regional Headlines

Warning over UK troop illnesses (BBC) Defence chiefs must tackle a rise in the number of British troops in Afghanistan suffering from illness, the National Audit Office (NAO) said.

Birmingham schoolchildren report ‘abduction’ attempts (Birmingham Mail) Parents and youngsters at Birmingham schools have been warned that a fat man and a woman posing as a teacher are trying to kidnap pupils. Police received seven reports from pupils at King Edward’s Foundation schools about the overweight man and his accomplice.

Father of Isaiah Young-Sam killed in house fire (Birmingham Mail) A man who dies in a Birmingham house fire was the father of tragic city riot victim Isaiah Young-Sam, it can be revealed today.

National Headlines

Hurt troops in Afghanistan leave hospitals ‘stretched’ 
Hospitals in Afghanistan and the UK are under pressure from the large number of troops injured in Helmand province, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

Toyota UK accelerator pedal fix will take a month 
Toyota says it will start repairing the accelerator pedals on 180,000 vehicles across the UK on Wednesday.

Straw backs bid to save election night counts 
Election counts will have to begin within four hours of polls closing under proposals backed by Jack Straw.
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Parents face childcare fees rise 
Childcare costs in England, Wales and Scotland are continuing to rise, a survey by the Daycare Trust suggests.

Free personal care for elderly plans ‘ill-conceived’ 
Ministers are facing further pressure over plans to provide free personal care for the most vulnerable elderly people in England.

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