Media Watch – Jan 12 (am)

By on 12/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Extra grit arrives to help keep Birmingham’s roads safe (Birmingham Post online) The battle to keep Birmingham on the move has been boosted with a fresh delivery of salt – allaying fears (unfounded) that the city’s gritting regime could be cut back.

Alistair Campbell (Highways) set the gritting record straight on BBC1’s Inside Out – insisting Birmingham City Council is not in danger of running out of grit.

No threat of council running short of grit – BCC statement appeared in several UK publications.

Check out plans in 3D (Guardian) When faced with the challenges of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, Birmingham City Council commissioned technology company Moofu to build an interactive 3D environment, which would allow students and teachers to explore layout and resource possibilities.

New council housing to be built in Birmingham (Birmingham Post online) More than 100 new homes are to be built in Birmingham as part of a dramatic expansion of traditional council housing.

Electricians are worth more than diversity officers (Daily Express) Political commentator Ross Clark shares his thoughts on old stories that an electrician at BCC was paid £124,000 in a single year.

Regional Headlines

Legal fight goes on as Edgbaston cricket ground construction begins (Birmingham Post online) Campaigners battling plans for the expansion of Edgbaston Cricket Ground have launched a legal appeal even as construction gets underway.

Chocolate lovers hold Birmingham Cadbury-support event 
Chocolate lovers and Cadbury supporters have organised an event in Birmingham to show their support for the company.

West Midlands drivers and walkers slip on ice 
Icy conditions are continuing to cause problems for motorists and pedestrians across the West Midlands. Dozens of bus passengers got out and walked when traffic ground to a halt in the morning rush hour in Solihull, as drivers’ wheels spun on snow and ice.

Tributes paid to pub death mother 
The daughters of a woman who died days after she was injured at a pub in Worcestershire have described her as “the best mum anyone could ask for”. Tajinder Kaur Basi, 39, from West Bromwich, died on 31 December, three days after being found with head injuries in the Robin Hood in Drayton.

National Headlines

Government to ban Islam4UK under terror laws 
A radical Islamist group that planned a march through Wootton Bassett will be banned under counter-terrorism laws, Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

20% of foot soldiers unfit to fight, MoD figures show 
Almost 5,000 soldiers and officers – or 20% of army infantry personnel – are unfit for frontline combat duties, Ministry of Defence figures show.

Top UK universities warn of damage from budget cuts 
Leaders of the UK’s most prestigious universities have warned government plans to cut funding will lead to a higher education “meltdown”.

Arlene Foster backs Peter Robinson in wife scandal 
Peter Robinson is an “outstanding leader of unionism” who the DUP wants to keep as its leader, acting first minister Arlene Foster has said.

Alastair Campbell to face questions from Iraq Inquiry 
Tony Blair’s former spokesman Alastair Campbell will become the most prominent figure yet to face the Iraq inquiry when he gives evidence shortly.

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  1. Richard Morris says:

    “Political commentator Ross Clark shares his thoughts on old stories that an electrician at BCC was paid £124,000 in a single year.”

    It’s not an ‘old story’ since it has relevance to the ongoing employment tribunal. Better if you avoided editorialising and just reported the what the media says.