Media Watch – Jan 18 (am)

By on 18/01/2010 in Media Watch

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UK City of Culture Bid (Politics Show) Cllr Martin Mullaney explaining just why Birmingham is in the running for the 2013 title. Story also covered by BBC Radio WM.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00q3l0s/The_Politics_Show_West_Midlands_17_01_2010/?t=46m20s

Brum to stick with city deal after Coventry exit (Regeneration & Renewal)
Greater Birmingham plans to continue with its current city-region arrangements despite Coventry’s withdrawal from the partnership, Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has said.

Council boss defends Christmas against PC brigade (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Post online) A Birmingham City Council boss has warned workers not to be politically correct. Cllr John Lines, who runs the housing department, has spoken out after fearing the local authority would be ridiculed over its treatment of Christmas.

Disaster cost £70k (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham City Council spent a whopping £70,000 on the disastrous Christmas lights switch on which saw 60 people injured.

Council axe set to fall on 1,300 jobs (Birmingham Mail, Jan 16) Pre-school community nurseries face closure and services for teenagers could be slashed following the announcement of almost 1,300 redundancies.

Staff stuck in the snow get their pay frozen (Mail on Sunday) Tens of thousands of staff in hospitals, schools and other public sector jobs will have their pay docked if they were unable to get to work because of the snow storms. A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said it did not have a blanket policy of docking pay but individual circumstances were taken into account.

Regional Headlines

Centre for Cities says Birmingham must lead way in reviving UK economy (Birmingham Post online) Big cities like Birmingham must lead the way in reviving Britain’s economy – but they have fallen behind during the recession, a study warns.

Arrest after Birmingham double-decker bus death crash 
A man has been arrested after a pedestrian died when he was hit by a double-decker bus in Birmingham. Police said the 43-year-old man from the Longbridge area was hit by the bus at about 2120 GMT in New Street, Frankley.

Cadbury campaigners stage events 
Events have been held as part of a campaign to ensure Cadbury remains an independent company. In Birmingham city centre, the city’s poet laureate Adrian Johnson was writing poems about Cadbury, and people took part in a “mass chocolate-eating”.

Unknown Vietnamese man left to die in Birmingham street 
An unknown man who was found lying in a Birmingham street after a car drew up and left him there has died. Police said the man, thought to be in his 30s and Vietnamese, was left in Camden Street, Hockley, during Tuesday afternoon. He died later that evening.

Dead dog found under Walsall paving slab 
The body of a dog which was thought to have been beaten has been found under a paving slab in the West Midlands. RSPCA inspectors said the body was discovered in Chaucer Road, Walsall, earlier this week by council workmen after the snow started to thaw.

National Headlines

War rules rewritten, says general 
The rules of war have been rewritten by the challenges of fighting insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the head of the Army has said.

UK government Haiti earthquake aid to treble to £20m 
The UK government is to treble its funding for the humanitarian response to the Haiti earthquake from $10m (£6.2m) to $32m (£20m).

UK economy faces decade of ‘painful readjustment’ 
The UK economy faces a decade of “painful readjustment” as it refocuses from debt-led consumer spending to increased exports, a study has warned.

UK cities ‘will take years to recover from recession’ 
It will take “years” for some UK cities and towns to recover from the recession, a report by the independent think-tank Centre for Cities has said.

Ticket ballot due for Tony Blair Iraq inquiry grilling 
A public ballot will be held later for people wanting seats to watch Tony Blair appear before the Iraq Inquiry.

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