Media Watch – June 16 (pm)

By on 16/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Friends want library apology (Birmingham Mail) Council leaders were today urges to issue a public apology to the man who designed Birmingham Central Library after an independent study found no evidence to back claims that the 1970s building is falling to bits. Council spokeswoman says the council never suggested the frame of the building was structurally unsound.

Brew in NEC pay debate (Birmingham Mail) Beaten Tory leadership contender Randal Brew has stepped into the row over the payment of £15,000 to four Birmingham City Council NEC directors. He said decision to approve the salaries was based on misleading information. Cllr Brew and council’s director of corporate governance, Mirza Ahmed, quoted.

Council office refurbishment (Birmingham Mail) A council neighbourhood office has closed for refurbishment work. The base at Silver Street, King’s Heath will reopen on June 29.

Green light for city nursery extension (Birmingham Mail) A pre-school children’s nursery on a busy dual carriageway can be extended despite fears for the safety of toddlers, city planners have ruled. Cllr Keith Linnecor (Lab, Oscott), Cllr Mike Sharpe (Labour, Tyburn), Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn (Con, Weoley) and Cllr Bob Beauchamp (Con, Erdington) quoted.

Anger over racism claim (Birmingham Mail) A would-be council candidate has refused to back down after her complaint of racism against a former Labour Lord Mayor was thrown out by Birmingham City Council. Elaine Cohen’s complaint against Cllr Mahmood Hussein was dismissed by the council’s standards committee.

Number’s up for list (Birmingham Mail) BCC is introducing one telephone number that could save the taxpayer £321 million. The changes will be phased in by 2012. Glyn Evans, corporate director of business change, quoted.

Regional Headlines

Two hurt in drive-by shooting (Birmingham Mail) Two teenagers were gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Birmingham. The men, aged 18 and 19m were blasted in the legs as they walked along a quiet residential street in Aston. Also covered by BBC Midlands Today and Central.

Lecturers strike over job cuts (Birmingham Mail) Lecturers from City College Birmingham were today striking in protest at almost 80 redundancies.

Flu outbreak closes school (Birmingham Mail)
Continued coverage of first secondary school in Birmingham being closed due to an outbreak of flu .

Leaflets featuring a picture of a missing young woman are being handed out at a railway station in a bid to try and trace her (BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham online)

National Headlines

British Airways is asking thousands of staff to work for nothing, for up to one month, to help the airline survive.

The BBC could be made to share its income with commercial rivals under government plans to be announced later

Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations is to become the new chief of MI6, Downing Street has announced. Sir John Sawers, 52, will head the overseas Secret Intelligence Service in November, replacing Sir John Scarlett.

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