Media Watch – June 17

By on 17/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Extensive coverage of Birmingham’s UK City of Culture pitch in Liverpool. (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BRMB, Smooth)

Winning City of Culture is about transforming the city’s image and enhancing the life of its citizens (Birmingham Post) Birmingham has made huge strides in physically transforming itself since the 1980s but some less complimentary perceptions of the city die hard.

Spy cameras ‘put on hold’ (Birmingham Post, The Stirrer, BBC WM) The Safer Birmingham Partnership has agreed not to switch on security cameras installed as part of an anti-terrorism drive.

Cuts in payments to charities who support Birmingham’s elderly (Birmingham Post) A modernisation strategy adopted by Birmingham City Council, which involves saving money by contracting out some adult social services to voluntary groups, has itself become the victim of cost cutting.

Gypsy camp plan halted (Birmingham Mail) Controversial plans for Birmingham’s second official traveller camp have been scrapped following a budget cut from the new coalition government.

‘Odd’ library under fire (Birmingham Post) Legendary Birmingham architect John Madin h as slammed the city’s new £187 million library as a ‘disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money’.

Schools short of 330 places (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Emergency funding worth £1.3 million will be used to build temporary classrooms at nine oversubscribed primary schools in Birmingham.

Drive to build new houses could be at risk (Birmingham Post) A drive to build 57,500 new homes in Birmingham by 2026 may be at risk of falling short following a ban on back garden development.

Sporting legends launch Brum race (Birmingham Post) Olympians Sharron Davies and Roger Black sounded the starter’s gun on preparations for this year’s EDF Birmingham Half Marathon.

Parents protest over extension (Birmingham Post) Hundreds of parents have staged a protest against proposals to expand Kings Heath Primary School.

New campaign highlights adult abuse (Birmingham Mail, PA Newswire and several regional publications) A new campaign has been launched by Birmingham City Council to raise awareness of the mistreatment and neglect of adults.

Families flock to historic property (Birmingham Post) Families flocked to a historic Birmingham building (Highbury Hall) for a taste of summer fun last weekend.

Plea to reclaim flowerbeds (Birmingham Post) Green-fingered park activists are urging the people of Birmingham to reclaim their flowerbeds before they are grassed over.

Regional Headlines

First patients at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham’s new £545m hospital has started taking some of its first patients.

Builder from Birmingham jailed over house fraud
A builder has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after swindling a man out of nearly £170,000 for unnecessary work to his house.

Landlord shot in Bilston was ‘innocent bystander’
A licensee shot and killed outside his bar in the West Midlands was an innocent bystander hit by a bullet fired at someone else, a court heard.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage ahead of the World Cup.

Osborne says reforms would have eased banking crisis
Planned reforms to UK banking regulation would have eased the impact of the global financial crisis, Chancellor George Osborne has said.

Surgery targets endanger patient safety, poll suggests
Pressures over hospital budgets and targets may be damaging safety in operating theatres, a survey suggests.

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