Media Watch – June 2

By on 02/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Spin doctor quits £120k council job (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council spin doctor Debra Davis has quit her £120,000-a-year job after little more than three years in the hotseat. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10667

BBC Radio 4 Front Row feature on UK City of Culture bid. http://bit.ly/c9kMl1 (20min41secs into the programme)

‘Pretty’ wall cost £135,000 (Birmingham Mail) A new brick wall around a busy Birmingham roundabout cost the city council a staggering £135,000 to build, it can be revealed. NB: The article adds that the wall cost significantly less than would have normally been the case because it was built as part of a larger scheme.

Takeaway ‘riddled with mice droppings’ (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a filthy Birmingham takeaway pizza outlet found to be ‘riddled’ with mice droppings has been given a suspended prison sentence and banned from running a food business. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10699

Brum bid is the business – Digby (Birmingham Mail) Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham has backed his home city’s UK City of Culture bid. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10326

Expelled rise ‘just a blip'(Birmingham Mail) A huge rise in the number of children permanently expelled from Birmingham schools is an unexplainable one-off blip, education chiefs have insisted.

Fun in the sun at the Book Bash (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the Bank Holiday event at Aston Hall.

Equality time (The Lawyer) Equal pay has hit the headlines. Following a judgement on liability against Birmingham City Council, it has been claimed that the council will be forced to pay out sums as high as £600m (or just £30m on other accounts).

Coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show in Hello Magazine, focussing on Birmingham City Council’s Road to Recovery garden. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=10515

Regional Headlines

Birmingham residents evacuated as wartime shell found
Residents in Birmingham were evacuated after the discovery of a suspected wartime artillery shell.

Contaminated Broadway West playing field review due
The status of a contaminated West Midlands playing field is to be reviewed after it was deemed unsafe for ball games but safe for dog walkers. Walsall Council banned all ball games in Broadway West Playing Field when zinc, lead and cyanide were discovered at the former landfill site in 2003.

National Headlines

Watchdog backs a minimum price for alcohol
The government has said selling alcohol below cost price will be banned A health watchdog has added its voice to calls for a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England.

Scot returns from Gaza aid flotilla
Hasan Nowarah was a volunteer with the aid flotilla A Scottish activist who was on board the aid convoy stormed by Israeli soldiers has returned to the UK, the first British citizen to do so.

Prudential abandons bid for AIA
Many Prudential shareholders said the company was offering too much for AIA UK insurer Prudential has scrapped plans to buy AIA, the Asian business of US insurer AIG.

Prime Minister David Cameron facing first question time
Mr Cameron is likely to face questions on tax and spending cuts David Cameron is preparing for his first appearance in the House of Commons giving the answers at Prime Minister’s questions.

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