Media Watch – May 19

By on 19/05/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Olympic torch coming to Birmingham (BBC, ITV, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BRMB, BBC WM, PA Newswire) Widespread coverage of the news that Birmingham has been selected to stage an evening celebration in next year’s Olympic Torch Relay.

City guide to hero homes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s housing department has been advising the Government on how to go about putting a roof over the heads of former soldiers, sailors and airmen.

Clampers to pay back £47k (Birmingham Mail) Convicted clampers Gary Southall and Victoria Charlton have been ordered to pay back more than £47,000 to victims of their illegal trade.

£3m stock exchange sold for just £1 (Birmingham Post) A controversial Birmingham stock exchange (Investbx) which has swallowed £3 million of public cash was sold for just £1 following the demise of Advantage West Midlands.

60 news jobs in £35m solar panel installation deal (Birmingham Post) More than 60 new jobs are being created after a construction firm was selected to install up to £35 million worth of solar panels on Birmingham City Council properties.

(Political) Tories to probe campaign after electoral defeat (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s Tory city council leader has admitted that his party will have to improve campaigning methods and fight harder to get its message across.

Less cash for youth centres, yet council can pay for consultants (Birmingham Post) Consultants were paid £1.4 million by Birmingham City Council to advise on how to help children overcome learning and behavioural difficulties. (Story misleadingly accompanied by photograph of a protest in Worcestershire)

Unions criticise council social services shake-up (Birmingham Post) Unions are expressing concerns at a planned reorganisation of Birmingham City Council’s schools and children’s social services department.

Shadow mayor plan still on track (Birmingham Post) A last-ditch attempt to prevent the imposition of a shadow mayor on major cities, including Birmingham, has failed.

Call to save role of Lord Mayor from dumbing down through cuts (Birmingham Post) The historic role of Lord Mayor of Birmingham must not be dumbed down or fall victim to spending cuts, the city’s current first citizen (Cllr Len Gregory) has warned.

Supermarket brings job boost to Longbridge (Birmingham Post) Up to 400 jobs are set to be created after Sainsbury’s announced plans to open a new store as part of the Longbridge regeneration project.

Dementia home in planning row (Birmingham Mail) A much needed dementia care home may not get built because the developer has fallen out with city planners over the lack of a front door.

Birmingham monument to be modelled on local family (BBC Online) A Birmingham gallery (Ikon) is looking for a family to model for a sculpture that will become a new city centre monument.

Regional Headlines

Sutton Coldfield homes evacuated after gas leak
A dozen residents had to leave their homes overnight after a fire caused a pipe to split and leak gas.

Football clubs urged to pay more for policing matches
Premier League football clubs should pay more towards the cost of policing games, a Staffordshire MP has said.

National Headlines

Rail operating costs report may trigger wide reforms
A wholesale reform of the UK’s railways is likely to be triggered when a government-commissioned study into their value for money is released.

Rape plea proposal ‘still being considered’
The government says it is still considering whether rapists should get a 50% reduction in their jail sentences in return for an early guilty plea.

Queen offers sympathy to Irish victims of troubles
The Queen has offered her “sincere thoughts and deep sympathy” to the victims of Ireland and the UK’s troubled past.

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