Media Watch – July 20

By on 20/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham’s 10-year plan: how to save £1bn (Guardian) The city council’s partnership with Capita has helped them make enormous savings as part of a transformation plan.

Silent movie scores found at Birmingham central library (BBC R4 Today Programme) Staff at Birmingham City Council making preparations for their move to the Library of Birmingham building in 2013 have uncovered what could be the UK's largest collection of silent movie scores, including a unique Charlie Chaplin theme tune.

Guards free to march (Birmingham Mail) City chiefs have rubber-stamped the decision to award Britain’s five Guards regiments the Freedom of the City of Birmingham.

Gorilla tactics to win flower prize (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is in bloom as the Second City bids for a top horticulture honour.

Trashed (Birmingham Mail) Travellers who were due to be evicted from public land in Bartley Green have avoided the bailiffs by doing a midnight flit – and moving just two miles down the road. The travellers are now camped on Woodgate Valley Country Park.

Outcry over robot voice (Birmingham Mail) Customers phoning Birmingham City Council could soon find themselves talking to a computer rather than an operator.

Details of Duke’s visit announced (Birmingham Mail) Details have been revealed of the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to officially open Warwickshire’s new £32 million Pavilion End at Edgbaston on July 25.

Birmingham City Council wins care homes legal fees battle (West Midlands Housing News) An attempt to force Birmingham City Council to increase the fees it pays private residential and nursing homes to look after frail elderly patients has been thrown out by the High Court.

Beatified John Henry Newman statue update (BBC Midlands Today) The finishing touches are now being made to a work of art to celebrate the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Birmingham.

Backlash leads Birmingham City Council to reconsider Capita plan to offshore IT jobs (Computer Weekly) Birmingham City Council’s joint venture with Capita is re-evaluating its plan to offshore IT jobs after a public backlash to news of the plan.

Regional Headlines

Councils told ‘no schools U-turn’
Michael Gove refuses to reinstate the rebuilding schools for the future scheme at Sandwell which the High Court said he scrapped unlawfully.

HS2 high speed rail link ‘flawed’
The government’s planned £32bn HS2 high-speed rail project connecting London and Birmingham is “economically flawed”, a leading think tank says.

Queen gives medals at Arboretum
The Queen visits Lichfield Cathedral and the National Memorial Arboretum to present medals to soldiers from the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry.

National Headlines

Met accused of hacking failures
MPs accuse the Met Police of a “catalogue of failures” over phone-hacking, as the prime minister prepares to speak in the Commons.

UK troops handing over Afghan city
British troops in Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand province are handing control of the city of Lashkar Gah to Afghan security forces.

‘Hackers’ held in US and Europe
Police in the US, Britain and the Netherlands arrest more than 20 people in connection with an investigation into high-profile cyber attacks.

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