Media Watch – Nov 15

By on 15/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ongoing coverage of the Cllr Gareth Compton/Twitter row.

Blaze death victim billed for door (Birmingham Mail) A disabled man who dies after a fire in his council flat was sent a bill for a door smashed in during the desperate bid to rescue him. Birmingham City Council has apologised unreservedly for letters sent after Robert Peden’s death.

Roy rocks Brum (Birmingham Mail) The festive period was officially welcomed to Birmingham this weekend as Santa Claus turned on the city’s Christmas lights.

Council leader’s hotel stay row (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Tory chief Mike Whitby is under attack after staying at the city’s luxury Hyatt Hotel at the taxpayers’ expense – not once but twice during Conservative Party conferences.

Lie detectors ‘will be used’ (Birmingham Mail) A lie detector tried out by city council bosses to detect benefit fiddlers has been dropped by the Government – but will still be used in Birmingham.

Councils lose cash control of schools (Independent, Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph) Coverage of Government plans for Whitehall to take full control of state school funding in England. Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Les Lawrence.

The Desperate Romantics – as never seen before (Independent on Sunday) Feature previewing The Poetry of Drawing – the largest exhibition of pre-Raphaelite drawings ever held, which will run at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from January 29.

The brain map – How smart is your city? (The Times) Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Martin Mullaney dismisses a report placing Birmingham at the bottom of an intelligence league table for Britain.

‘Yes’ vote creates city’s fourth Business Improvement District (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham’s fourth Business Improvement District has been given the green light after traders voted firmly in favour of the Southside proposal. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13991

New route to enable Birmingham employees to cycle to work considered (youatwork.com) A multi-million pound overhaul of Birmingham city centre could lead to more employees being granted the opportunity to cycle to work.Transport body Centro has combined with Birmingham City Council, National Express West Midlands and the Business Improvement Districts to propose the project, which will see vast improvements to road, bus and metro links. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13964

Birmingham communities hit out at plans for ‘titan’ primary schools (Birmingham Post.net) Worried Birmingham communities have hit out over plans for a group of ‘titan’ primary schools, each capable of accommodating almost 1,000 pupils.

Regional Headlines

Project to tackle gang culture in the West Midlands
An initiative aimed at tackling gang culture, gun and knife crime in the West Midlands is being launched later.

Firefighters tackle Birmingham industrial unit fire
More than 40 firefighters are at the scene of a fire at an industrial unit close to the centre of Birmingham.

Birmingham conference to tackle hate crime
A national conference to tackle hate crime is to get under way in Birmingham later this week. The event, run by the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (BRAMU), takes place in the city centre on Thursday.

National Headlines

Chandlers prepare for UK return after pirate ordeal
The long road to release Timeline: Chandler kidnap Chandler family statement The British couple freed in Somalia 13 months after being kidnapped by pirates are preparing to fly home to the UK.

Banks negotiating deal to reduce bonuses The scale of bankers’ bonuses
Britain’s biggest banks are in talks about collectively reducing the amount they will award in new year bonuses.

Warning over anti-virus cold calls to UK internet users
Internet users are being warned about cold callers who offer to fix viruses but then install software to steal personal information.

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