Media Watch – Jan 11 (am)

By on 11/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Want to earn £124,000 a year? Try joining the council as an electrician (Daily Mail, Jan 11) Working for the council would never make you rich – or so it was once thought. And anyone still believing that to be true should take a look at Birmingham where an electrician employed by the council managed to earn an annual salary and bonuses of £124,000 – more than some Government ministers. (Story also appears in Daily Express, Daily Star, Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph)

Schools dropping Christian assembly (Sunday Telegraph, Jan 10) Nearly 100,000 pupils are being taught in schools that have dropped Christian assemblies in favour of Islamic or multi-faith worship. City authorities such as Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester and the London boroughs of Brent, Hounslow and Ealing have dozens of schools that have Christian assemblies.

Grit runs out in 48 hours (Sunday Mercury, Jan 10) Birmingham will run out of road grit within 48 hours unless the Government ships in emergency supplies.
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Historian joins fight to keep our gold (Sunday Mercury, Jan 10) TV historian DR David Starkey is throwing his weight behind a new campaign to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the Midlands.

Regional Headlines

Criminals licensed to work as taxi drivers 
Criminals with convictions for offences such as indecent assault and drug dealing are knowingly being licensed to operate as taxi drivers, an investigation by the BBC programme Inside Out West Midlands has revealed.

Thirty schools shut as snow falls 
Nearly 40 schools remain shut across Birmingham and the Black Country after more snow fell overnight. Twelve of those schools have decided to open only for pupils sitting GCSE and A-level exams.

Appeal issued over young vicars 
A special video report has been shown in churches in a bid to get more young people to become vicars. The television news-style recording was played in churches in the Diocese of Lichfield.

Fans clash at Birmingham City v Manchester United match 
Seven people have been arrested after fans clashed at a Premier League football match on Saturday. Police said violence erupted before the game between Birmingham City and Manchester United, with further clashes at half-time.

Search for man over airport brawl 
Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with violence which broke out at Birmingham Airport.

National Headlines

Hundreds of schools reopen after freeze as exams loom 
Hundreds of schools are to re-open after last week’s heavy snow as pupils sit GCSE, AS and A-level exams.

We can win election, Brown to tell Labour 
Gordon Brown is set to issue a rallying call to Labour MPs by setting out his election strategy and telling them they can defeat the Conservatives.

Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg shelving party pledges 
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has confirmed the recession means he will have to shelve some of his party’s policies to concentrate on “priorities”.

Crime gangs ‘dominate shop theft’ 
Organised crime gangs are behind more than half of all shoplifting in the UK, a BBC investigation has found.

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