MEDIA WATCH – Nov 19 (PM)

By on 19/11/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Free care for elderly fears (Birmingham Mail, Page 4) The Council's finances could be plunged further into the red after the Government announced plans to provide free care at home for elderly people.

Pupils get top marks (Birmingham Mail, Page 12) Pupils in Birmingham are improving virtually across the board, according to the city's latest results tables.  Cllr Les Lawrence said that Birmingham was gaining recognition as an “education powerhouse.”

Council sorry for frightening OAP (Birmingham Mail, Page 13) Council bosses apologised today for causing anxiety to a retired engineer after he received threatening letters from bailiffs over a £71 council tax bill.

Chief's a bully victim (Birmingham Mail, Page 19) Birmingham's education chief, Tony Howell, told an audience of young people, held as part of national Anti-Bullying week, that he was bullied at school and that it was “unacceptable” in any form.

So long, Sorrento (Birmingham Mail, Page 25) A former maternity hospital in Moseley, which has been empty for over 15 years, is set to be bought by the Council and turned into family homes.

Respect the badge (Radio WM) Gary Bullock appeared on Ed Doolan's show to talk about the “Respect the Badge” campaign, targeting able bodied drivers who fraudulently use disabled “blue badge” parking permits.

Regional Headlines:

Ticket office staff at New Street Station will stage the first in a series of lightning strikes tomorrow, in a row over the increased use of machines.

Leaders of the union Unite have announced they are to hold talks next week with Kraft over their hostile takeover bid for chocolate firm Cadbury, amid fears of significant job losses.

Lecturers facing redundancy from the University of Birmingham's Department of Sociology have accused internal managers of a cynical PR exercise among students.

Two senior Wolverhampton councillors are to stand trial in the city's crown court, charged with possessing cocaine.

A Midlands MEP has pledged to fight calls for a European “national anthem,” after Herman van Rompuy, front-runner for the EU presidency, declared he was keen for its introduction.

A miniature version of the Bullring, made of 18,000 Lego building blocks, is set to go online tomorrow.  It stands one metre tall and 1.5 metres wide and features all of the area's iconic buildings.

TV sports presenter Gary Newbon will be the next celebrity to be inducted into Birmingham's Walk of stars and described it as his “biggest honour” since moving to the city nearly 40 years ago.

National Headlines:

Children under the age of five are to be next in line to get the swine flu vaccine, the government has announced.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has been sworn in today for his second term of office, saying he wants Afghan forces to be in charge of the nation within five years.

The UK's public sector net borrowing reached £11.42bn last month, official figures have shown.

European Union leaders will gather in Brussels later today to select their first full-time president and foreign affairs high representative.

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