Media Watch – November 18 (pm)

By on 18/11/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Bad weather delays Wheel opening again (Birmingham Mail) The eagerly awaited first ride on the big wheel has been delayed for the second time in a week due to severe weather.

Male staff 'got fireproof pay' (Birmingham Mail) Tribunal hears claims that a former BCC boss deliberately 'fireproofed' bonuses for male staff.

Library site 'safety risk' (Birmingham Mail) Claims that building work to prepare the ground for the new library could poses a safety risk to pedestrians walking past. Coun Carl Rice says the work is 'premature' as the project has not yet secured planning permission.

Inquiry launched into chaos at free gig (Birmingham Mail) An enquiry has been launched into Christmas lights switch on cancellation. An independent expert in event management and crowd control will examine whether planning for the event was adequate.

Campaign bids to cut cyber-bullying (Birmingham Mail) BCC staged a virtual reality conference offering online to every school in the city offering advice on how to beat cyber bullying. Tony Howell, Strategic Director for Children, Young People & Families quoted.

Railway mural is on the right track (Birmingham Mail online) A graffiti daubed railway bridge has been transformed into a work of art by pupils at Wylde Green primary school. Birmingham City Council's Anti-Graffiti Unit, in partnership with Network Rail and British Transport Police, engaged Birmingham based arts company HamFisted to design a unique artwork with year 6 pupils.

Regional Headlines:
NHS Pan Birmingham Cancer network face £800k overspend as result of one individual, who is accused of breaching tendering guidelines.

New owners of Birmingham City FC have asked officers from Economic Crime Team to look at the books.

US firm Hershey is now in talks with Italian firm Ferrero over possible bid for Cadbury.

Communities minister Shahid Malik is touring Birmingham today to look at projects aimed at tackling extremism.

National Headlines:

Key measures in the Queen’s Speech include a crackdown on excesses in the City and a legal obligation to halve the budget deficit within four years. There will also be free social care for the neediest pensioners in England.

Morrisons boss Mark Bolland to become Chief Executive of Marks and Spencers.

A woman who was found mutilated in a London street died as a result of a severe head injury, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

An Ivory Coast man convicted of killing Leeds University student Meredith Kercher has launched his appeal.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Afghanistan for first visit.

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