Media Watch – July 13

By on 13/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘Unfit’ report lands award (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A high level investigation, which branded Birmingham’s children’s social services  department as unfit for purpose has won a national award for straight talking. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11524

Cllr Martin Mullaney on Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid (BBC WM) Cllr Mullaney talking to the Ed Doolan Show and Phil Upton’s breakfast show. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11434

Jasper Carrott backs City of Culture bid (BBC WM) Comedian explains why Birmingham is the natural choice when the 2013 UK City of Culture title is awarded on Thursday.

Library of Birmingham on course (BBC WM) Brian Gambles confirms building work is on course for 2013 – whether or not Birmingham is name UK City of Culture.

Green cans dent recycle targets (Birmingham Mail) Reductions in packaging which have seen the weight of Coca-Cola cans fall by almost 40 per cent are giving council recycling bosses a headache. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11471

Library threat is put on hold (Birmingham Mail) A community library threatened with closure (Hawthorn House) has been handed a stay of execution so council bosses can continue the search for a new building.

Birmingham City Council creates 500 jobs by taking on apprentices (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham City Council claims to be bucking dire unemployment figures by taking on apprentices in an initiative that has created jobs for 500 young people and is heading quickly towards the 1,000 mark. Cllr John Lines and Cllr Timothy Huxtable quoted.

Birmingham arts groups warned to expect drastic funding cuts (Birmingham Post.net) Arts organisations across Birmingham have been warned to expect drastic cuts in funding next year.

Multi-faith campaign to bring Moseley power from the heavens (aboutmyarea.co.uk) Muslim and Christian congregations in Moseley joined forces to show their support for solar panels on St Mary’s Church roof. The ambitious scheme faces a planning battle after the proposals were rejected by Birmingham City Council late last year.

Regional Headlines

Force ‘will meet costs’ over Pope’s Birmingham visit
A police force is reassuring the public it will be able to meet costs over the Pope’s September visit to Birmingham.

CCTV of Erdington street stabbing released
Police have released CCTV footage of the man they believe stabbed a 21-year-old man in the heart, leaving him to stagger to his home where he died.

Stab death after fight in Bilston prompts murder probe
A murder investigation has begun after a man was fatally stabbed during a fight thought to have involved two groups in Bilston, West Midlands.

National Headlines

UK’s ethnic minority numbers ‘to rise to 20% by 2051′
The UK’s population is set to become even more diverse Ethnic minorities are set to make up a fifth of the UK population in 40 years, a University of Leeds study predicts.

Union ‘outraged’ at head teacher £200,000 pay package
The GMB union has expressed outrage after it emerged the head teacher of a primary school in south London was paid more than the prime minister last year.

PSNI woman injured at Orange march protest in Belfast
A police chief has said overnight violence in nationalist areas of Northern Ireland after 12 July parades was “totally unacceptable”.

NHS ‘to undergo radical overhaul’
The NHS in England is to undergo a major restructuring in one of the biggest shake-ups in its history, the government has announced.

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