Media Watch – Oct 24

By on 24/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council budget challenge (Guardian, BBC, Sky, ITV Central, FT, Birmingham Mail, Free Radio, BBC WM, Public Finance, Business Desk) The council will need to make more savings than previously predicted in future years, it has been announced by Council Leader Sir Albert Bore. It is reported that a Council Tax increase has not been ruled out and that approximately 1,000 jobs could be at risk.

Equal pay legal challenge (BBC Radio 4, ITV Central, Sky) A decision in a long-running equal pay legal test case is expected later today. The case relates to the issue of how long can elapse before a claim is made.

GMB demands Birmingham put pressure on Carillion (Morning Star) Construction union GMB has called on Birmingham City Council to press Carillion to compensate blacklisted building workers before considering it for a £1.5 billion contract.

Fury as ex-mayor appears on revamped JFK mural (Birmingham Mail) Some members of Birmingham's Irish community and local historian Carl Chinn have said they feel the JFK mural, which is currently being restored, should not feature an image of the city's first Irish born Lord Mayor, Mike Nangle.

Bore backs canal plan (Birmingham Mail) An Acocks Green engineer's plan to speed up city canal traffic, using “diagonal flowing locks” has been supported by the Leader of the Council.

Council 'sorry' for flat repair delays (Birmingham Mail) A disabled tenant from Kings Heath has received an apology from the council after she said she had to delay surgery because of delays in fixing her broken bathroom.

Regional Headlines

Hit-and-run girl, 4, badly hurt
A four-year-old girl is left critically ill after being hit by a car which failed to stop in Birmingham.

London Midland train cancellations: Rail minister issues warning
Rail Minister Norman Baker has warned train firm London Midland about its performance, after further cancellations of services.

National Headlines

Patten reaffirms BBC independence
The BBC Trust’s chairman seeks to reaffirm the corporation’s independence from government, in the wake of concerns raised over the Jimmy Savile scandal.

New food labelling system agreed
A consistent system of front-of-pack food labelling will be introduced in the UK next year to help give shoppers clear information about their food, the government says.

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