Media Watch – Feb 18

By on 18/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Music law could be threat to residents ( A Government bid to give live music a boost by relaxing current licensing laws has been rejected by city councillors in Birmingham, who claim it could leave suburban residents open to loud, thumping noise.  The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, following concerted lobbying from the the music and arts industries, wants to exempt all small scale performance from licensing regulations, but licensing chiefs believe that the plan to allow anyone to perform anywhere to crowds of less than 100 people is “flawed,” “unworkable” and would lead to chaos.  Cllrs Sue Barton, David Osborne and Mike Leddy quoted.
Shortlist for meal service providers (Express & Star) Council bosses in Birmingham have whittled down a shortlist of providers to take over their meals-on-wheels service.  Pensioners who receive a frozen meal will have to switch to an independent meals-on-wheels provider from April as the council-run service is phased out.

Birmingham set for £15m Olympic victory (Sky News) Birmingham is expected to get a cash injection of £15 million this weekend when it signs an Olympic contract with the Jamaican athletics team.  The deal is similar to the one already concluded with the American athletics squad, who will base themselves in the city for almost a month in preparation for the London games in 2012.  Council leader Mike Whitby interviewed.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Murder charge mum on social services’ books (Birmingham Mail) City social workers knew of the family of three-year-old Alia Ahmed Jama who was found dead in Erdington at the weekend.

Yet another child tragedy (Birmingham Post) An investigation is underway after it emerged that two toddlers have died in Birmingham in the past week, one of which was known to Birmingham’s troubled social services department.

We’re not panicking, says leader Whitby (Birmingham Post) The gloves are off in the debate into Birmingham City Council’s toughest budget decision for years, with cabinet members queueing up to insist there’s no black hole at the centre of the authority’s finances.

Top jobs to be squeezed out at council (Birmingham Post) Ten of Birmingham’s best known and highest paid civic officials are fighting to save their jobs in the latest round of cost-cutting consultation.

Get your spikes on for Brum’s half marathon (Birmingham Mail) This year’s EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon will be staged on October 24 and organisers have set an ambitious target of signing up 15,000 runners.

Plan for new school unveiled at meeting (Birmingham Mail) A public meeting will be held next week for residents in south Birmingham to see what their new school will look like.

Cops target hotspot for boy racers (Birmingham Mail) The city council has secured an injunction to ban boy racers from performing stunts in Bordesley Green – nicknamed Birmingham Tracks.

Centre could be sold (Birmingham Mail) A historic Victorian building (the Martineau Centre) in Birmingham could be sold off to developers to help plug the huge hole in the city council’s finances.

Park restoration (Birmingham Mail) A £1million scheme to improve and restore historic woodland and heathland in Sutton Park has now begun.

Green schemes will aid industry (Birmingham Post) A scheme to help property owners ‘green up’ their houses and businesses (Birmingham City Council’s green new deal) could mean a £40 million bonanza for the struggling Midlands construction industry, the planners behind the project have said.

Council’s £250,000 failure to evict a dozen families (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has failed in three different courts in its bid to repossess seven council houses that were allegedly given ‘unlawfully’ to 12 families by a housing officer five years ago.

Abuse of elderly jumps by a fifth (Birmingham Post) The number of vulnerable elderly adults complaining they are being abused, often by members of their own family, has shot up in Birmingham. Complaints to social services are on course to jump by 20 per cent this year.

Creative thinking needed as sector faces budget cut (Birmingham Post) Article looks at Creative Advantage Fund, partly funded by Birmingham City Council, to invest in local businesses based on the exploitation of intellectual property.

Hughes sorry now (Private Eye) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes’ bid to succeed Steve Bundred   as head of the Audit Commission is looking wobbly.

Regional Headlines

Another child dead (Birmingham Mail) Detectives are investigating the death of another toddler in Birmingham.

Three not guilty over Birmingham riot death 
Three men accused of murdering a 23-year-old man during riots in Birmingham have been found not guilty.

National Headlines

UK calls in Israeli ambassador over Dubai Hamas murder 
The British government has called in the Israeli ambassador to discuss the use of fake UK passports by the alleged killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai.

Councils ‘will struggle with ageing population’ 
Councils will struggle to cope with the financial challenge posed by England’s ageing population, a watchdog says.

Stephen Gately column complaint not upheld by watchdog 
The press watchdog has decided not to uphold a complaint about a newspaper comment piece on the death last year of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

Children ‘missing out on sleep’ Newsround finds 
Video games, mobile phones and TV are keeping children up at night, answers to a BBC questionnaire suggest.

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