Media Watch – Jan 21 (am)

By on 21/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Kraft’s ‘has a duty to look after Cadbury staff’ 
A member of the Cadbury dynasty has said new firm Kraft has a “duty” to look after its new workers. And Birmingham City Council has asked the chocolate maker’s shareholders to reject the takeover bit.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6783

Pothole clearance underway (BBC Radio WM)
Eddie Fellows (Highways) interviewed about clear-up. Story highlighted the ways residents can report faults, including twitter.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=6762

Smile, you’re not on security camera (Daily Telegraph)
Intercom security cameras are to be switched off by a council in case it breaches the rights of people coming through the door.

So where is all the cash going? (Birmingham Post)
In the week when Birmingham City Council issues redundancy warnings to 1,380 workers, officials admit they have no idea how much is spent on external help or indeed how many private sector consultants are on the payroll.

Homeless denied emergency housing (Birmingham Post)
Homeless people were systematically denied emergency housing because of unlawful practices by Birmingham City Council, a court has heard.

Over 400 Birmingham council staff find new posts after threat of redundancy (Birmingham Post Online) More than 400 former workers in Birmingham old people’s homes who were threatened with redundancy have been found new posts with the city council.

Council defends move to switch off security cameras in Druids Heath (Birmingham Post online) Birmingham City Council has been accused of putting its tenants’ safety at risk after threatening to switch off intercom security cameras due to data protection laws.

£31m boost for Birmingham businesses (Birmingham Post)
A new £31million initiative has been launched to help small and medium sized businesses in Birmingham that are being affected by the recession. Cllr Neville Summerfield quoted. http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bdg

NB: A number of Birmingham Post stories are not online at the time of posting.

Regional Headlines

Widespread coverage of Khyra Isahq trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Child chief ‘spoke to hospital’ about hypothermia fears 
The head of children’s services at Walsall Council has said she spoke to hospital bosses over babies developing hypothermia in Walsall Manor Hospital.

Body ID awaited in missing search 
Police searching for a missing Oldbury woman are awaiting results of a post-mortem examination on a body found near the M5.

Harry Ramsden’s buyer plans fish and chip empire 
The fish and chip shop chain, Harry Ramsden’s, which started in West Yorkshire, in 1928, has been bought by a Birmingham businessman.

National Headlines

UK cuts back on anti-terror projects in Pakistan 
The government has been criticised after a minister revealed it had cut back on counter-terrorism in Pakistan because of the pound’s falling value.

NHS obesity operation access inconsistent, surgeons say 
Access to weight-loss operations on the NHS is “inconsistent and unethical”, the Royal College of Surgeons has said.

Eight Bafta nods for An Education 
British film An Education is battling major Hollywood movies Avatar and The Hurt Locker with eight nominations each at the British Academy Film Awards.

Assisted suicide bill published by MSP Margo MacDonald 
A bill aiming to give terminally ill people the right to die is to be published at the Scottish Parliament.

Simon Cowell organising charity single for Haiti appeal 
Talent show mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed he is organising a charity single to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake appeal.

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