Media Watch – Nov 2 (am)

By on 02/11/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Detector’s hoard comes to British Museum (Sunday Express) The Anglo-Saxon hoard discovered in a farmer’s field is to take a starring role at the British Museum.

Hearing starts on equal pay fight that could cost city £200m (Birmingham Post) More than 4,000 female worker begin their battle with Birmingham City Council today over their rights to be paid the same as men for doing the same job.

£20m ground loan ‘a waste’ (Birmingham Post) A residents’ group fighting expansion plans at the Edgbaston county cricket ground have accused Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby of wasting money by approving a £20million loan for the project when public services are stretched.

Care home runaways may be young refugees using the system (Birmingham Post) Young people fleeing from a life of poverty and violence in the world’s trouble-spots are responsible for a sharp rise in the number of children running away from council-run residential homes and foster care in Birmingham, it has been claimed.

Planners set to approve new swimming pool (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s newest swimming pool (Harborne) looks set to finally get the green light this week.

Burke’s got the Xmas Factor to turn on city’s festive lights (Birmingham Post) X Factor winner Alexandra Burke will help light up Birmingham by appearing at the city’s Christmas celebrations.

Players’ dismay at closure plan for city golf club (Birmingham Post) Golfers have spoken of their dismay at council plans to close one of Birmingham’s seven public golf courses.

Function boost for council’s £2.8m website (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has launched the first of what it promises will be several improvements to its much-maligned website.

Frankfurt Christmas Market in the Sunday Telegraph Christmas Culture Planner.

Regional Headlines

Ambulance on 999 call hits pillar 
An ambulance crashed into a concrete pillar while on its way to try to save a man trapped under a train in the West Midlands. The ambulance hit the pillar in Great Barr, Birmingham, on Saturday morning, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Service held for new archdeacon 
A special service has been held for the new Archdeacon of Walsall.

Twin girls born to father aged 71 
A 71-year-old man from the Black Country is thought to be the UK’s oldest father of twins after his 25-year-old wife gave birth to two girls.

Anti-flu vaccine posters in city 
A campaign group has put up posters in three Birmingham hospitals urging against the swine flu vaccine.

National Headlines

Johnson defends drugs row sacking 
The home secretary has defended sacking the UK’s chief drugs adviser after his criticism of the government’s tough approach to cannabis and ecstasy.

Scottish floods cause disruption 
Heavy rain has caused havoc in the north and east of Scotland with many homes flooded and trains cancelled.

School places cheating report due 
An investigation into the problem of parents cheating to get places for their children at over-subscribed schools is due to be published.

RBS nears toxic asset agreement 
Royal Bank of Scotland has said it is close to an agreement with the Treasury about its participation in the government’s asset protection scheme.

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