Media Watch – Feb 14

By on 14/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of Birmingham City Council budget (BBC, ITN, Sky News, BBC R4, BBC 5Live, BBC WM, Midlands Today, ITV Central Birmingham Mail and all national newspapers)

Food officers appalled by dirty takeaway (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a ‘filthy’ Birmingham takeaway has been fined hundreds of pounds after admitting flouting a catalogue of food hygiene laws.

Widespread coverage of top local government earners, highlighting Birmingham City Council Chief Executive Stephen Hughes (Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Daily Express)

Volunteers’ ‘free work’ worth £4m (Birmingham Mail) Volunteers working in Birmingham parks, sports clubs and community centres carry out more than £4.6 million worth of unpaid work a year according to a new city council study.

Birmingham City Council wastes money with wrong waste leaflets (Sunday Mercury) Cash-strapped council bosses have been left red-faced after delivering thousands of glossy leaflets about cutting waste to the wrong homes.

Regional Headlines

Islam row school shut ‘for safety’ (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham Islamic school (Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Small Heath) at the centre of a documentary row will shut tomorrow amid safety fears.

Birmingham City University hosts serious crime seminars
Child murder, so-called “honour” killings and serious crimes will be looked at in a series of criminal investigation seminars in Birmingham.

Wolverhampton club evacuated as fire breaks out
Forty people were moved out of a working men’s club in Wolverhampton as a fire broke out nearby.

National Headlines

David Cameron vows to make Big Society succeed
David Cameron will say it is his “mission in politics” to make the Big Society succeed – amid claims it is being wrecked by spending cuts.

British commander: Momentum in Helmand is ‘shifting’
The tide is turning against insurgency in the Afghan province of Helmand, a British commander says.

Nikitta Grender murder accused due in court
A 26-year-old man is due to appear in court charged with murdering pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender in Newport.

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