Media Watch – Jan 19 (am)

By on 19/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council approves loan instalment to Edgbaston cricket ground (Birmingham Post online) Warwickshire County Cricket Club has been handed a further £1.2 million from Birmingham City Council toward the cost of a major expansion.

Birmingham City Council defends 1380 job cuts (Birmingham Post online) Council workers fearing for their jobs have been told: “We cannot employ people for the sake of it.” Birmingham City Council’s human resources boss Cllr Alan Rudge made the statement after trade unions were told last week that up to 1,380 staff were at risk of redundancy.

Inquiry into move to axe nearly 1,400 jobs from Birmingham youth services (Birmingham Post online, Personnel Today, Children and Young People Now) Birmingham City Council children’s services bosses will be called to an inquiry into the controversial decision to cut nearly 1,400 jobs from the department.

Brum launches 2013 culture bid (Arts Industry) Coverage of Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid.

Regional Headlines

Cadbury agrees Kraft takeover bid 
Cadbury is to be taken over by the US food company Kraft after its board approved a new increased bid. The Cadbury board will advise its shareholders to accept a new offer of 840 pence a share – valuing the company at £11.5bn ($18.9bn).  Cllr Nigel Dawkins interviewed by Phil Upton (BBC Radio WM)

Three arrested over man’s death in Birmingham 
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man found in a Birmingham street.

Parliamentary motion on Staffordshire hoard (Politics.co.uk)
Michael Fabricant has amended a Parliamentary Motion which calls for the Staffordshire Hoard of recently found gold to be exhibited in Birmingham and Stoke on Trent to be exhibited in whole or in part in Lichfield.

West Brom wear Haiti appeal shirt logos 
A football club is hoping to raise money for the Haiti relief effort by wearing appeal logos on their shirts. West Bromwich Albion players had DEC Haiti Appeal emblazoned across their chests during the league match against Newcastle United on Monday.

Underground relief road is opened 
A £27m relief road has been opened in Tipton, taking cars underneath the railway line rather than using the level crossing.

National Headlines

All-you-can-drink pub offers facing ban 
“All-you-can-drink” promotions could be banned and compulsory identity checks introduced under government proposals to crack down on binge drinking.

Microlight pilot’s body found off the French coast 
The body of a microlight pilot who set off from Gloucestershire airport on a solo charity flight to Australia has been recovered off the French coast.

Geoff Hoon to give evidence to Iraq inquiry 
The UK’s Iraq inquiry is to start hearing from cabinet ministers at the time of the invasion in March 2003, with Geoff Hoon the first to appear.

George Osborne awaits expenses probe result 
George Osborne is expected to hear later if he will face any reprimand over his Parliamentary expenses.

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