Media Watch – Feb 2

By on 02/02/2010 in Media Watch

Afternoon Update

Billboards worth their weight in gold (BBC Midlands Today) Giant billboards have gone up around Birmingham city centre and on the M6 motorway, promoting the campaign to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the West Midlands.
Cadbury decision awaited (All local and national broadcast media) Two coachloads of protesting workers set off from Cadbury’s Bournville headquarters this morning for the House of Commons, as the shareholders’ decision on the sale of the confectioner is set to be announced this afternoon.  Meanwhile, Cllr Nigel Dawkins has laid a wreath before the statue of George Cadbury on Bournville Green.
Cabinet misled over war, claims Short (All national broadcast media) Ladywood MP Clare Short has told the Chilcot enquiry that Tony Blair’s cabinet was “misled” into thinking that the war in Iraq was legal.  The former International Development Secretary said that Attorney General Lord Goldsmith had been “leaned on” to change his advice before the invasion.  She was given a round of applause at the end of her three-hour appearance.

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Damning audit ‘full of praise’ (Birmingham Mail) City council leaders have described a damning audit commission report into its finances as being ‘full of praise’.

Trust: Act now to save house (Birmingham Mail) A campaigning group has accused Birmingham City Council of ‘stonewalling’ plans to turn a decaying historic house (Rookery House) into a community centre.

Bright pupils ask burning questions (Birmingham Mail) Councillors were given a Question Time-style grilling by Primrose Hill School pupils.

Cleaning up in the city centre (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Colmore Business District is set for a bright new look following a key caretaker appointment.

Brum art goes worldwide (The Voice) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will promote the city on the international stage in 2010, loaning works of art to some of the most significant museums in the world.

£500,000 pledged to support Staffordshire Hoard pot (Museums Journal) The Art Fund has contributed £300,000 towards the £5m needed to secure and conserve the Staffordshire Hoard.


Restaurant fined after dumping waste (Environmental Data Interactive) A restaurant owner has been fined and had his car crushed after an uncover operation revealed he was dumping waste in the street.  Birmingham City Council says it received ‘several complaints’ and launched an undercover operation.

Oil spill was ‘malicious vandalism’ (Environmental Data Interactive, Smooth FM) Birds have been covered in about 50 litres of oil dumped at a beauty spot in an act of ‘malicious vandalism’. Workers from Birmingham City Council were told about the spill by a member of the public who reported several birds covered in oil.

Regional Headlines

Cadbury workers lobby government over Kraft takeover 
Cadbury workers will lobby the government ahead of an expected takeover by US food giant Kraft.

Tower Block of Commons (C4) Conservative MP Tim Loughton featured living with Birmingham City Council tenants.

Birmingham man charged with terror offences 
A 30-year-old man from Birmingham has been charged with terrorism offences. Ahmed Faraz, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, was arrested by West Midlands Police in the city on 26 January under the Terrorism Act.

Body scanners to be installed at Birmingham Airport (Birmingham Post online) Controversial body scanners which make passengers appear naked are to be introduced at Birmingham International Airport by the end of the month.

Pope Benedict confirms first papal UK visit since 1982  Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed he will this year make the first papal visit to the UK since John Paul II’s of 1982. He is expected to visit Birmingham – as part of the planned beatification of Cardinal John Newman – and Scotland. Dates for the trip have not been set.

DP Textiles in Birmingham ‘will reopen’ after fire  The boss of a Birmingham textiles factory which was badly damaged by fire has vowed it will be back in business. Phillip King of D&P Textiles said he hoped his workforce of 35 women would be back at their machines within the next couple of weeks.

National Headlines

Pope Benedict attacks government over Equality Bill
The Pope has urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK’s Equality Bill with “missionary zeal”.

Court to decide on England football fan extradition 
The European Court of Human Rights is to consider later whether an England football fan should be extradited to Portugal to serve a prison sentence.

Iraq war critic Clare Short to give evidence to inquiry 
Clare Short, one of the most vocal critics of the Iraq war, is set to give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry.

Bomb safeguards ‘failed’ UK troops in Afghanistan 
The family of a British soldier killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan has said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) failed to protect troops.

PM launch electoral reform referendum proposals 
Gordon Brown is set to launch plans for reform of the voting system later. He will confirm that MPs are to vote next week on whether a referendum will be staged as a step towards replacing the “first past the post” system.

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