Media Watch – January 19 (pm)

By on 19/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

More city cash for cricket club (Evening Mail) Warwickshire County Cricket Club has been loaned another £1.2m from the council towards the cost of expansion, essential if the ground is to meet English Cricket Board standards and continue to host test matches. Leader Coun Mike Whitby quoted.

How about protecting residents? (Evening Mail) Angry tower block residents are furious over plans to pull the plug on their intercom security cameras, because they do not comply with government regulations on the Data Protection Act. Coun Mike Leddy and Coun John Lines quoted.

City's £1.4m bill for disused flats (Evening Mail) Claims that a botched plan to demolish Bayley and Stoneycroft Towers on the Bromford estate in Hodge Hill has cost £1.7m and is costing taxpayers £17,000 a month. Coun Anita War and Coun John Lines quoted.

Brum social worker did not disclose conviction (Evening Mail) A Birmingham social worker is facing a misconduct hearing for a catalogue of failures, including not revealing that she had a criminal record for theft and deception. Verona Reeves worked form 1989 to 2003, then again in 2007, when she did not tell regulator the General Social Care Council of her convictions.

'We'll be fair over job cuts' (Evening Mail) Council workers have been told 'we cannot employ people for the sake of it', after trade unions were told that up to 1,380 jobs were under review. Coun Alan Rudge told a meeting of the authority's cabinet that the council would be 'fair and reasonable'.

 Concern over future of city gardeners' show (Evening Mail) Speculation that the Gardeners' World show at Kings Heath park could become the latest victim of the council's cash cuts. Coun Martin Mullaney quoted.

Artefacts tell tale of a bygone Brum (Evening Mail) A steam train and a button made from shell are amongst the historic items chosen to tell the story of the city as part of a nationwide project called A History of the World. Coun Martin Mullaney quoted.

HIV respite home opening in Brum (Evening Mail) New complex planned at a former care home will include 17 2 bed flats, 6 short term beds and a larger family unit for HIV sufferers and their families.

Regional Headlines:

Fears mount for future of Cadbury workers (BBC Midlands Today) 200 year old firm Cadbury is taken over by Kraft. Workers from the Bournville factory discuss fears that their jobs will be threatened, given Kraft's record of taking over firms and outsourcing production.

Trial begins of Birmingham couple accused of starving girl to death in Handsworth.

Snow set to return to Birmingham tomorrow Snowfall between 2cm and 5cm expected, before the rain returns on Thursday.

Fresh appeal for information over year old murder of father in Kings Heath.

National Headlines:

Geoff Hoon admitted today he was not shown secret letters in which Tony Blair allegedly told President Bush that Britain was committed to military action against Iraq.

The spread of disease has become a major concern in Haiti, say medical experts.

The microlight pilot who died in the English Channel just three hours into a six week charity flight to Australia made a series of despairing distress calls before he crashed in low cloud and mist.

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