Media Watch – Jan 7 (am)

By on 07/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Building work starts on Library of Birmingham – Brian Gambles interviewed by Phil Upton on BBC Radio WM.

City Council spent £300k on IT advice (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council spent over £300,000 on getting advice on which computer system to buy for the cash-strapped social services department.

Shake-up will give political leaders direct control of PR campaigns (Birmingham Post) A shake-up of Birmingham City Council’s Public Affairs and Communications unit will save £650,000 a year. Deputy council leader Paul Tilsley confirmed that the results of a long awaited review into the roles of council employees responsible for communications will be announced at the end of March. He described the council’s new online news service as one of the most significant developments in managing the local authority’s news.

Rotunda left in a spin (Birmingham Post) Mystery shrouds the top of the Rotunda as many of the organisations involved in the stalled project to crown it with a digital arts screen admit they are in the dark over the developers plans. The £1.5million project was supposed to receive 48 per cent public sector funding – including £375,000 from Birmingham City Council.

Free gym is popular – but with ‘well off’ (Birmingham Post) A free gym membership scheme (Be Active) that began life as an attempt to promote healthier lifestyles among Birmingham’s inner-city residents has become highly popular with prosperous middle class communities, new figures show. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Why the future for our history is looking so good (Birmingham Post) The arrival of the Staffordshire Hoard was the icing on the cake in a bumper year for Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

Local authorities team up to buy legal services (Law Society Gazette, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has negotiated a deal that will see it join forces with 38 other local authorities to purchase legal services from 11 law firm panels, involving 12 firms.

Police probe New Year chaos at Custard Factory in Digbeth (Birmingham Post online) Police are investigating chaotic scenes at an overcrowded Birmingham nightclub which left New Year’s Eve party goers fearing for their safety. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said the authority’s Trading Standards team had received a number of complaints.

NB: Most Birmingham Post stories are not yet online.

Regional Headlines

Schools shut as freeze continues 
About 230 schools in Birmingham and the surrounding area remain shut after temperatures dropped to -10C (14F) in the city overnight.

Briton, 18, dies ‘jumping’ on to South Africa motorway 
A teenager from Birmingham has died jumping out of a vehicle on to a motorway in South Africa, police said.

National Headlines

Brown coup plot shows Labour ‘deeply divided’ – Cameron 
The attempted coup against Gordon Brown’s leadership shows his government is “completely divided”, Conservative leader David Cameron has told the BBC.

Ice alert following days of snow 
People are battling with treacherous conditions after sub-zero temperatures followed days of heavy snow to leave icy roads and pavements across the UK.

Women ‘too busy’ to go for cancer screenings 
Practical reasons could be more significant than emotional ones in explaining why many women miss cervical cancer screenings, a study suggests.

UK bus industry inquiry launched 
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the UK’s local bus services to the Competition Commission over concerns about pricing.

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