Media Watch – January 26

By on 26/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Could man who opposed elected mayors run? (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby has emerged as a front-running Conservative candidate to become the city’s first directly elected mayor after receiving a ringing endorsement from Government Minister for Cities Greg Clark.

Date set for city mayor elections (BBC) Elections for mayors in up to 11 of England’s biggest cities will take place in November.

Centre seeks to cut child abuse (BBC WM)
Director for Children’s Social Care Mark Gurrey explained how Birmingham City Council is working with the NSPCC in a new centre protecting vulnerable children and preventing child abuse.

Council debt of £2.5bn adds £35 to taxpayers’ bills (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s debt stands at £2.5 billion, including vast amounts borrowed to pay for the new library and the purchase of the Pallasades shopping centre, it has emerged.

The new man at the helm of city’s children’s services (Birmingham Post)
The £145,000-a-year job of improving Birmingham’s troubled children’s services is being handed to the head of an ‘outstanding’ department in Lincolnshire, it has been announced.

City pupils are a class act in league tables (Birmingham Post) Teenagers across the region have proved they are a class act in another successful year for GCSE and A-levels.

Birmingham bids to become film and TV destination (BBC)
It may not have the glamour of Hollywood or the international reputation of London but Birmingham is vying to become a destination of choice for film and TV producers. Film Birmingham was set up in 2006 by the city council as a “one-stop shop” for production companies interested in coming to the city.

Lifetime wait for four-bed council house (Birmingham Mail)
Desperate Birmingham families face a 99-year wait for the largest council houses in the city.

Arts council boost for museums (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham’s two leading museums, set to merge later this year, have been handed a huge cash injection from the Arts Council England.

More exam success for pupils in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham pupils proved they are a class act with a bumper crop of results in the GCSE and A-level league tables.

£12.2m pool opens in Birmingham (Leisure Opportunities)
Birmingham City Council and DC Leisure have launched the new Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre.

Regional Headlines

Man held over escapee is bailed
Police investigating the escape of prisoner John Anslow release a 44-year-old man from Tipton on bail.

Hoax bomber who threatened Birmingham school faces jail

A man who emailed MI5 falsely claiming that a bomb was planted in a Birmingham school has been warned he faces jail.

National Headlines

Speed up tax changes, urges Clegg
Nick Clegg says he wants the coalition government to go “further and faster” in raising the pay level at which people start paying income tax.

Police hunt for escaped prisoner

Police continue to hunt for prisoner Andrew Farndon, who escaped when two guards taking him to a Suffolk hospital were threatened at gunpoint.

People who snubbed honours named
The author Roald Dahl and artist Lucien Freud are revealed to be among those who have turned down honours from the Queen, as a secret list is published.

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