Media Watch – July 15

By on 15/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Musical scores for silent firms unearthed in Birmingham (Guardian) About 500 scores - including a theme tune used in Charlie Chaplin films - found in Birmingham City Council’s music library.

We don’t want our town to end up like Brum (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A Home Counties Tory has apologised after saying she does not want her town to end up ‘looking like Birmingham’.

Appeal for ban on off-licences (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Northfield have staged a protest against the onslaught of off licences in their neighbourhood.

Garden show’s venue blasted (Birmingham Mail) The decision to switch Birmingham’s annual garden show from Kings Heath Park to the city centre has been attacked by two members a council watchdog committee.

Acorns clerk £30k benefit fiddle shame (Birmingham Mail) A shamed accounts manager with one of Birmingham’s biggest charities fiddled more than £30,000 with her husband by failing to declare she was working. The prosecution was brought by Birmingham City Council.

Rates reform ‘could hit manufacturing sector’ (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes has disputed claims that allowing councils to keep locally raised business rates could undermine efforts to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector.

It’s all about partnership (Local Government Chronicle) Comment piece looks at how Service Birmingham has enabled Birmingham City Council to realise more than £156 million of cashable savings.

Local authorities recognised for tackling homophobic bullying (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council named as one of the top 10 best local authorities for preventing and tackling homophobic bullying in schools.

Building confidence (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has extended its repairs and maintenance contracts with Wilmott Dixon Partnerships and the Mears Group.

Regional Headlines

Staff suspended in hospital probe
The care watchdog says concerns have been raised about two Castlebeck-owned hospital in the Midlands with staff suspended from one.

MP reveals media impact on family
Midlands MP Tom Watson, who has led a campaign against phone-hacking, talks about the impact of the media on himself and his family.

Man, 22, held on terror offence
A 22-year-old man from Birmingham is arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence.

National Headlines

Murdoch defends hacking handling
News Corporation’s chairman Rupert Murdoch says his company has handled the phone-hacking crisis ‘extremely well’ and will recover.

Queen to unveil Bletchley tribute
The Queen is to pay tribute to the codebreakers who worked at Bletchley Park, the secret cypher base in WWII which broke the German Enigma codes.

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