Media Watch – Feb 12

By on 12/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Change of plea for accused (BBC News channel, BBC Midlands Today, Central News, Radio WM, The Khyra Ishaq trial took a dramatic turn this morning when her stepfather, Junaid Abuhamza, changed his plea to manslaughter.  His plea was accepted in light of the medical evidence as to his mental health introduced during the trial.  Khyra’s mother, Angela Gordon, also submitted a plea of manslaughter today but this was rejected and the murder trial will continue.
Investigation continues after river plunge (BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC Radio WM) West Mercia police continues to question a man on suspicion of attempted murder, after he drove a car with two children in it from a field into the River Avon in Evesham.

Dual celebration this Sunday (Express & Star, national and local news) While florists across the city stock up on red roses as they brace themselves for the expected rush for Valentine’s Day this Sunday, the Chinese community prepares itself for the start of the Chinese New Year, which will fall on the same day this year.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Revealed: 7,000 Birmingham City Council jobs face axe (Birmingham Mail) As many as 7,000 Birmingham City Council workers could lose their jobs over the next decade as public spending cuts start to bite.

Further widespread coverage of job cuts, including:

Tory leader backs cuts (Birmingham Mail) Tory leader David Cameron has given his backing to Birmingham City Council’s controversial decision to axe thousands of jobs.

Unions demand talks over Birmingham Council job cuts  (BBC) Union bosses want talks with Birmingham City Council over its plan to cut 2,000 jobs.

Birmingham council cuts horrify unions ( “You cannot be serious,” is the unions’ reaction to news that Birmingham City Council is to cut up to 2,000 jobs over the next financial year.

Thoughts on 2010-11 budget –

Birmingham City Council grants £800,000 business loan to four firms (Birmingham Post online) Recession busting loans totalling £800,000 have been granted by Birmingham City Council to four local firms.

Fastest man is coming to Brum (Birmingham Mail) The deal to bring the world’s fastest man (Usain Bolt) to Birmingham will be signed at a major athletics tournament next weekend. Council leader Mike Whitby laid the foundations for the deal when they met with Jamaican athletics bosses at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin last summer.

Get tough warning to rogue builders (Birmingham Mail) Homeowners who over-extend their properties ignoring planning regulations were today warned they could risk having their building work torn down.

Golf club drive for new players (Birmingham Mail) The chairman of a loss making municipal golf course, which could be saved from closure, is seething after losing more than a third of the club’s members.

Birmingham gets fit with a purpose (Health Service Journal) An HSJ award winning scheme (Be Active) is out to discover how much fitter a whole city can become.

Regional Headlines

Hospice volunteer from Birmingham possessed child porn 
A hospice volunteer in Birmingham has been given a community sentence after he was found with 40,530 pornographic images, many of which were of children.

‘Caribbean holiday on expenses’ sacking upheld 
A former West Midlands head teacher sacked for putting Caribbean holidays on expenses has failed to have her punishment reversed by the High Court.

Giant spider crab set for Birmingham sea life centre 
A Japanese spider crab believed to be the biggest ever seen in Britain is set to go on show at Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre.

Wolverhampton and Margate shops hit hard by recession 
Shopkeepers in Wolverhampton and Margate have emerged as those worst hit by the recession, a report claims.

National Headlines

MI5 denies withholding documents in Binyam Mohamed case 
The head of MI5 has denied his staff withheld documents relating to the alleged torture of a UK resident from a House of Commons scrutiny committee.

Gordon Brown admits to leadership deal with Tony Blair 
Gordon Brown has admitted he struck a deal with Tony Blair over the 1994 succession to the Labour leadership.

Fashion world mourns death of Alexander McQueen 
The fashion world is mourning the death of influential British designer Alexander McQueen who was found dead at his London home.

David Cameron promises ‘fresh start’ with SNP 
Conservative leader David Cameron will promise a “fresh start” in relations between the Scots and UK governments, should he win the next UK election.

Eurostar snow delays report is released 
A report into the failure of six Eurostar trains before Christmas will be published later.

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