Media Watch – January 13 (pm)

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Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

School sees GCSE results soar (Birmingham Mail) George Dixon International school in Edgbaston almost doubles last year's number of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grade passes.

The city's roads are going to pot (Birmingham Mail) Council transport officials hold talks to arrange emergency funding for frost ravaged roads.

Teams that kept Brum moving praised (Birmingham Mail) Transport chief Coun Len Gregory praises gritting teams and refuse workers who have battled on through the snow.

Starkey: save the hoard for the Midlands (Birmingham Mail & BBC Midlands Today) Historian Dr David Starkey backs public appeal to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in the region where it was found. BCC has already pledged £100k to the fund.

Council error on drunk kids stats (Birmingham Mail) Council officials have apologised for incorrectly claiming that three-quarters of schoolchildren in Birmingham have been drunk before their sixteenth birthday. The mistake is due to an omission of a statistic in an Ofsted survey that 38% of children had never had an alcoholic drink.

Jewellery Quarter investment 'safe' (Birmingham Mail) Regeneration boss Coun Neville Summerfield pledges £5m to the Jewellery Quarter, following fears that investment in the area was to be cut back as part of a citywide efficiency drive.

GCSE Performance Tables & Youngsters rise to the challenge (Birmingham Mail) Full coverage of GCSE results across region. Birmingham was a clear winner, with a significant increase in the number of pupils achieving at least five A* to C grade passes. Council cabinet member for children Coun Les Lawrence quoted.

Council chiefs say yes to £1.8m cuts (Birmingham Mail) Several of the city's ten constituency committees are discussing merger plans in an effort to cut administration costs, according to Labour councillor Carl Rice.

Viewers warm to the best of Brum (Birmingham Mail) Business leaders praise BBC shows Hustle and Survivors as being a great advert for Birmingham.

Regional Headlines:

Gran left dying on floor for days Claims that Anchor Housing Trust neglected grandmother as she died alone in warden controlled flat.

Rail appeal is bolstered Hundreds of commuters sign No.10 website petition to return passenger trains connecting Stirchley, Kings Heath, Moseley and Moor Street.

Elderly residents moved from care home as Wolverhampton City Council closes Underhill House.

Severe weather warning across central region

National Headlines:

Snow causes widespread travel chaos, by road, rail and air.

The UN peacekeeping headquarters in Haiti has collapsed under the strain of a massive earthquake and everyone inside is expected to have died.

Alastair Campbell said today he was inspired by the Bible when he gave evidence to the Iraq inquiry.

 

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