Media Watch – June 9

By on 09/06/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The £52-a-day elderly care home scandal (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is paying care home £52 a day to look after patients with dementia and other mental illnesses.

New galleries taking shape (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A museum exhibition celebrating the history of Birmingham is coming in £500,000 under budget.

Arab delegation visit city for investment tour (Birmingham Post) A delegation of Arab ambassadors and trade representatives have visited Birmingham to look at investment opportunities.

We support academies despite critics – Whitby (Birmingham Post) The Tory leader of Birmingham City Council has launched a strong public defence of independently-run school academies.

Council rejects mansion plan (Birmingham Post) A Grade-II listed Georgian mansion owned by Birmingham City Council (Hawthorn House) is to be put back on the market.

Club runs into trouble with city over track fees (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Inaccurate reports of a rent rise for the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club.

Top marks for behaviour in classes (Birmingham Post) Birmingham pupils are on their best behaviour in classrooms, new figures show.

The future’s bright, the future is LED (Surveyor) Birmingham is about to play host to the world’s most advanced LED lighting system.

Skills for life (Trading Standards Today) Article looking at the annual Consumer Challenge Quiz – devised by the Birmingham City Council Trading Standards team.

Regional Headlines

BMW to invest £500m in UK plants
BMW aims to boost production of its Mini and Rolls-Royce models and of BMW engines at its plants including Hams Hall.

Payout for boy injured in birth
A child left severely brain damaged by complications at his birth wins the right to claim a seven-figure NHS compensation package.

Newspaper firm to axe more jobs
Midland News Association, which publishes the Express & Star and Shropshire Star newspapers, is to axe 90 jobs – more than was initially feared.

National Headlines

Archbishop criticises coalition
The Archbishop of Canterbury warns that the government is committing Britain to fundamental reforms in health and education “for which no-one voted”.

Premier League wages keep rising
Top flight English clubs are spending a record proportion of their income on wages, a report into football finances says.

Network Rail profits increase 11%
Network Rail, which maintains Britain’s rail track and signalling system, sees profits rise despite a fall in performance.

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