Media Watch – Nov 6

By on 06/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage claiming an automated phone system installed by Birmingham City Council cannot understand the Brummie accent. (Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, Mirror, Star) Clarification: The postcode voice recognition system, which had been tested on a cross-section of tenants with distinct accents, was removed in October 2012, as part of an upgrade following some initial teething problems with the recognition of the combination of numbers and letters in the postcode – rather than being an issue with accents.

Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward interviewed by BBC WM about Labour plans to deliver a “living wage” of at least £7.20 per hour for millions of people, if Labour wins the next election.

All fired up for fun night (Birmingham Mail) Thousands braved the cold for Birmingham’s annual fireworks spectacular at Pype Hayes Park last night.

Birmingham protects consumers from meat fraud (Trading Standards Today) Ensuring that meat is not just safe to eat – but is actually what it says it is – has been the focus of Birmingham trading Standards and Environmental Health as they monitor food that is sold within the city.

Touching base (Trading Standards Today) A Birmingham City Council trading standards campaign has won the British Hallmarking Council’s Touchstone Award.

Regional Headlines

Airport staff in Christmas ballot
Some 250 workers at Birmingham Airport are being balloted over taking industrial action over Christmas.

Man charged with terror offences
A 44-year-old man from Birmingham is charged with three terrorism offences after officers examined electronic files.

National Headlines

Cautious welcome for abuse probe
A man who claims he was abused by a senior Conservative in the 1980s has given a muted welcome to the inquiry into abuse in north Wales announced by the prime minister.

Top executives’ earnings up 27%
Senior executives in the UK’s biggest companies have seen their average earnings go up by more than a quarter in the past year.

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