Media Watch – Feb 22

By on 22/02/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pay cut pill to be sweetened (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Tories and Liberal Democrats running Birmingham City Council have agreed to make major concessions in order to sweeten a cost-cutting plan that will sweep away unsocial hours payments and wage perks for 26,000 employees.

First sight of Brum’s John Lewis (PA Newswire, Birmingham Mail, Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Daily Mail) This is how the new £100 million John Lewis department store – which will dominate the new shopping centre above the rebuilt New Street station – will look.

Restaurant fined £7k over rodents (Birmingham Mail) The bosses of a mouse-infested Birmingham restaurant have been fined more than £7,500. Environmental health officers found vegetables had been gnawed by rodents during a visit to Kebabish Original, based at the StarCity entertainment complex in Nechells.

End of an Ikon as arts venue shuts (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A top arts venue in Birmingham is being forced to close in April after its funding was slashed. Ikon Eastside relied on funding from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.

Kings Heath Library will feel the pain of council cuts – at least for a while (AboutMyArea) On the eve of a Birmingham City Council Cabinet member facing questions from the Friends of Kings Heath Library it has been revealed that the facility will be open for one day less each week – at least while the impact of council cuts on library services is assessed.

Regional Headlines

‘Charity work hid’ Black Country man’s child sex crimes
A Black Country IT worker who collected 196,000 indecent images of children has been jailed for two years.

Birmingham lawyer’s battle against the UN becomes Hollywood movie
A Birmingham lawyer's fight to expose a United Nations cover-up of the Bosnian sex trade is being turned into a film - starring Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave.

National Headlines

David Cameron in Kuwait to promote reform message
Only political and economic reform can ensure long-term stability in north Africa and the Middle East, David Cameron will say in a speech later.

Velodrome for London 2012 Olympics to open 
The 6,000-seat velodrome for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics will open today.
 
Ministry of Defence must end contract failures, say MPs
The Ministry of Defence must prove it has sorted out its equipment-buying programme or continue its “cycle of failure”, MPs have warned.

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