Media Watch – Nov 19

By on 19/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of Frankfurt Christmas Market opening (BBC Midlands Today, BBC WM, BRMB, Heart FM, Birmingham Mail)

Pupils ‘target of extremists’ (Birmingham Mail) Schools in Birmingham have been targeted by extremists trying to infiltrate the education system, Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

City centre to be a bus-free zone (Birmingham Mail) A £15million plan to drive buses off city centre roads and replace them with super-fast shuttles has been drawn up by transport chiefs.

Vacated properties save city council cash (TheMoveChannel) Birmingham City Council has achieved savings of nearly £3million in the last 12 months through its Working for the Future programme.

Birmingham’s Big Plan (itv.com) Multi-million pound plans to make Birmingham a world-leading city for business have come under scrutiny.

Capita deals with £3.3bn of government spending as more work is outsourced (Guardian) Article looking at Capita’s local government contracts including the Service Birmingham contract.

Top honours for Birmingham City Council staff at Chamberlain Awards 2010 (Midlandsbusinessnews) The winners of Birmingham City Council’s Chamberlain Awards 2010 were revealed before a 460-strong audience at the ICC.

Regional Headlines

English Defence League demos ‘feed Islamic extremism’
Right wing groups like the English Defence League are turning parts of Britain into recruiting grounds for Islamic extremists, police have said. The West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit has told BBC Radio 5 live there is evidence EDL events can encourage extremists.

Girl sentenced over Wolverhampton war memorial graffiti
A teenage girl who vandalised a city’s cenotaph has been told her actions were “despicable”.

A wreath to be laid as Birmingham remembers the Blitz 
On the night of 19 November 1940, 53 people died when a factory was bombed during the Birmingham Blitz. To mark the 70th anniversary of that night a wreath will be laid at the site to remember those who lost their lives at the Birmingham Small Arms (BSA).

National Headlines

Cumbria floods resulted in £276m bill
Damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure caused by the Cumbrian floods in 2009 resulted in a £276m bill, it has emerged on the first anniversary of the disaster.

Lord Young apology over ‘never had it so good’ remarks
The prime minister’s enterprise adviser has apologised after saying most Britons had “never had it so good” despite the “so-called recession”.

Government publishes Whitehall spending over £25,000
The details behind all Whitehall spending over £25,000 made since the election have been published.

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