Media Watch – June 17 (pm)

By on 17/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City council chief’s pay goes up to a cool £200,000 (Birmingham Mail, page 3 & ‘Our Say’) ‘but colleague turns down £15K Further coverage of the Chief Exec’s salary and Cllr Tilsley’s refusal of NEC payment. Praise for Cllr Tilsley’s stance.

Rap for sister venue over party control (Birmingham Mail) Rainbow pub sister venue in Digbeth, Rainbow Live, forced to shut for week following 18th birthday party which ended with 15 breaches of its drinks and entertainment licence, including 16 year old girls found drunk in street.

Pool shut over safety concerns (Birmingham Mail) Sparkhill pool gym and sauna shut yesterday over structural concerns. Pool has been closed since last July. Cllr Ian Ward critical of Cllr Martin Mullaney “I do not think this will be the last pool to close.”

Crime fight wins salute (Birmingham Mail) Work by Safer Birmingham Partnership to tackle youth crime on Stechford’s Glebe Farm estate short-listed for Home Office 2009 Tilley Award.

Parents face school block (Birmingham Mail) City tops unofficial league table of LAs across England, as 1,600 children miss out on their first choice of primary school. BCC figures reveal that this still equates to 87.6% success rate, up 0.1% from previous year.

Fury over housing chief’s brush-off (Birmingham Mail) Protestors brandishing “I am the real John Lines” placards accuse the councillor of twice snubbing their requests to attend the Hodge Hill Ward Committee to discuss Bayley and Stoneycroft Towers.

MP calls for halt to Warks loan (The Stirrer) MP Roger Godsiff is calling on Birmingham City Council to withold its £20 million loan to Warwickshire County Cricket Club for the redevelopment of Edgbaston. He says the thorny issue of floodlighting should be sorted first.

Birmingham unveils new ‘digital district’ (The Stirrer) Birmingham Council’s deputy leader Paul Tilsley will unveil a new ‘Digital District’ for the city at today’s regional launch of the government’s Digital Britain report.

Regional Headlines

WPC testifies that Khyra Ishaq’s Mother ‘blamed herself’ during wait while Khyra certified dead at hospital.

West Mids has highest unemployment figures in the UK, twice the national average due to collapse of industrial/ manufacturing sector.

Lord Carter visits ICC as part of Digital Britain tour, discusses possibility of tax breaks for video gaming industry, a big earner for the West Mids.

City college lecturers strike over planned redundancies.

National Headlines

MPs bid farewell to speaker Martin.

A six-year-old boy has died after falling into a river during an organised Scout trip in Suffolk.

2nd woman and 2 men arrested as part of investigation into Plymouth nursery child abuse.



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