Media Watch – July 8

By on 08/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Khyra and the blame game (Birmingham Post) The Serious Case Review into the harrowing death of Khyra Ishaq, which is to be released by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board next month, is likely to be one of the most heavily scrutinised public documents prior to publication of its kind.

Moments in time (Birmingham Post) Graham Young talks to world famous photographer Steve McCurry about his UK exclusive exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11393

Plans for city centre hotel get go-ahead (Birmingham Post) Plans for a £7 million hotel in the heart of Birmingham have been given the green light by the city council.

Fence led to crush (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Reports on the independent review into the 2009 Christmas lights concert.

Hunt for investment specialists to promote city (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is looking to recruit a crack team of the country’s top investment specialists to form a crack new outfit promoting the city as the place to do business.

Culture bid will cost £200,000 (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Report favourably compares the cost of the UK City of Culture bid with that of the 2008 European Capital of Culture bid. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11434

A telling tale of hopelessness (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s administration of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund is under attack again after it emerged that £46 million targeted to tackle unemployment in the poorest wards has helped only 170 people to find jobs in just over two years.

26,000 hit by massive pay cuts (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) More than 26,000 Birmingham City Council workers, many of them on low incomes, will suffer pay cuts of up to a third under plans to scrap weekend and shift allowances. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11415

Finally a successor to Dutton (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has finally appointed a new director to lead regeneration and economic development in the city – after the job was left vacant for nine months.

Now Brum’s the hotspot for tourists (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at a report claiming Birmingham is a new must-visit destination for overseas visitors. The report states events like Taste of Birmingham, Pride, Artsfest, St Patrick’s, Vaisakhi and Eid Mela have all put the city on the cultural map.

Jewellery Quarter’s Heritage Status bid (Birmingham Mail) The Jewellery Quarter is competing against the Forth Bridge, Jodrell Bank and the entire city of Blackpool in its bid to win United Nations World Heritage Status.

Regional Headlines

Michael Gove apology over school building list errors
The education secretary has said he will apologise in person to schools led to believe they could go ahead with building projects which were axed.

Solihull Council rejects travellers’ Meriden plans
Solihull Council has thrown out an application by travellers to develop a green belt site in Meriden.

National Headlines

Two in court amid gunman search
Two men are due in court later after being charged in connection with the search for suspected gunman Raoul Moat, who has been on the run for six days.

Standards watchdog opens hearing on party funding
Jack Straw and Francis Maude are among MPs giving evidence later to a standards watchdog on party funding.

Terror suspect Abid Naseer held on US warrant
The alleged leader of an al-Qaeda plot to bomb British and US targets, who won the right to stay in the UK, has been remanded in custody.

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