Media Watch – Jan 14 (am)

By on 14/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Widespread coverage of Staffordshire Hoard Appeal launch (BBC News, ITN News, Central News, The One Show, Guardian, Times, Daily Sport, Birmingham Post)


Council contracts given to boss’s husband (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) The woman in charge of an award-winning Birmingham City Council staff motivation project was investigated by auditors for five months after local authority contracts worth £22,448 were handed to a company owned by her husband.

Council gets ahead of the cuts game (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) The certainty of savage public spending cuts has come, regardless of whichever political party wins the General Election, is beginning to concentrate minds at Birmingham City Council – and that is by no means a bad thing.

Big freeze turning up heat for home repairs (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) Birmingham City Council’s housing calls centre has been inundated with a staggering 7,000 calls a day from council house tenants reporting faulty or broken down central heating as a result of the extreme winter weather.

Spreading the word far and wide for Birmingham (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) A council cash boost to raise Birmingham’s national and international profile will be used to help create 9,000 jobs in the city.

Parks staff victims of ‘greater flexibility’ (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) A shake-up of Birmingham’s parks department will see jobs lost as part of a greater efficiency drive.

Council plans to find £6m by selling adverts (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) A money making venture at Birmingham City Council will see Britain’s largest local authority enter the cut-throat world of selling advertising.

Better GCSE results help schools to escape closure (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) Birmingham’s schools are escaping the threat of closure with dramatic improvements in exam results, the latest school league tables suggest.

‘Brum needs to do better’ (Birmingham Post, Jan 14) A recent Audit Commission study found Birmingham City Council to be performing ‘adequately’ – a long way from the excellence promised by the authority’s leadership.

NB: Birmingham Post stories are not yet online

Redman Design unveils Birmingham museum wing brief (Design Week, Jan 14) Redman Design is working on the interiors and exhibition space for the new wing of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Regional Headlines

Airport runway open after closure 
Motorists and pedestrians have faced difficult conditions after fresh snow fell across Birmingham and the Black Country. The runway at Birmingham International Airport was closed on Wednesday morning, before reopening later although some flights were delayed.

Woman, 106, moved as Wolverhampton care home shuts 
Elderly residents have left a Wolverhampton care home which shut despite a 13-month battle to save it.

Union fears loss of 7,000 UK Cadbury jobs 
Thousands of UK jobs could move abroad if chocolate maker Cadbury is bought by US giant Kraft, a union has warned. The union Unite claimed 7,000 jobs could go if control of the British firm shifted to Illinois in the US.

UK agencies to help in Haiti earthquake rescue 
Emergency crews, charities and the UK government are co-ordinating efforts to help with the rescue operation in Haiti after it was hit by an earthquake.

National Headlines

Met Office warns of icy roads after heavy snow 
Britain’s motorists are facing treacherous driving conditions after untreated roads turned icy when overnight temperatures plunged.

Dementia not getting priority – National Audit Office 
Dementia services in England are not getting the priority that was promised, the National Audit Office has said.

Policy Exchange think tank calls for BBC overhaul 
The BBC must undergo a radical overhaul and Channel 4 should be privatised, a think tank has said in a report on the future of UK broadcasting.

Patients’ inquest focuses on overseas locum care 
An inquest into the deaths of two patients in Cambridgeshire treated by a German doctor on his first shift in the UK is due to start later in Wisbech.

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