Media Watch – Nov 25

By on 25/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Battle begins for city mayor (Birmingham Post) The battle to become Birmingham’s first elected mayor sparked into life as Labour veteran Sir Albert Bore unveiled his intention to run for office.

Forget salami cuts – we’ll salami slice, says council (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes appears to have lost a critical ‘battle of ideas’ over ways in which the local authority should cut £330 million from its budgets.

City improves its service to elderly (Birmingham Post) Adult social services in Birmingham are consistently delivering above minimum requirements, Government inspectors have found. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14212

Brum ready as snow forecast (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is prepared for the icy weather. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14194

Top class! Brum’s a hit with Ofsted (Birmingham Mail) Nearly 50 leading Birmingham teaching institutions have received top marks from Ofsted inspectors in the past year.

Cuts fear for gang projects (Birmingham Mail) Community groups credited with rescuing inner city Birmingham from the grip of gang violence face an uncertain future due to cuts in council grants.

Frankfurt in Brum (Birmingham Post) Review of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

City kids in swim for glory says Carl (Birmingham Post) Profile of Birmingham City Council swimming coach Carl Grosvenor.

Unseen Rossetti is unveiled for the first time to city art lovers (Birmingham Post) A previously unseen work by the celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti will go on show for the first time next year in a major new exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14025

Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix (UK Athletics) Birmingham will welcome the world's top athletes next summer after the City Council signed a three-year deal with UKA, the governing body for athletics in Britain, to bring the prestigious Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix to the Alexander Stadium.

Weoley Castle Ruins million pound facelift (BBC Online)  Photo gallery of the Birmingham community museum.

Regional Headlines

Girl, 15, arrested over ‘Facebook Koran burning video’
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English language version of the Koran.

One dead and 12 hurt in bus crash in West Bromwich
A woman has died and 12 people have been taken to hospital following a crash involving a car and a single-decker bus in West Bromwich.

BBC Trust criticises Inside Out documentary
Four men jailed on terror charges Soldier kidnap plotter given life A BBC Inside Out programme omitted information surrounding an anti-terrorist operation, the BBC Trust has found. The trust was looking into a complaint over an episode broadcast in the West Midlands on 7 December, 2009.

National Headlines

Railways to get £8bn investment
Rail fares 6.2% new year rise Train overcrowding ‘to worsen’ The government has announced plans for £8bn of investment in Britain’s railways.

Philip Lawrence’s killer Learco Chindamo arrested
The man who murdered headmaster Philip Lawrence in north London has been arrested for an alleged robbery, four months after leaving prison.

Ashes: Peter Siddle hat-trick shocks England at Gabba
Peter Siddle took a hat-trick on his 26th birthday and a Test-best 6-54 as England’s batting was dismantled on the opening day of the first Ashes Test.

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