Media Watch – October 15

By on 15/10/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Blair backs ousted Bore (Birmingham Post, lead story, first 3 pages followed by a double-page spread interview with Sir Albert Bore) Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has leapt to the defence of outgoing Birmingham Labour council leader Sir Albert Bore saying he had turned Birmingham into a ‘world-class city’. Quotes Sir Albert Bore, Cllr Ian Ward, Cllr Robert Alden and various local MPs.

Sir Albert Bore standing down (Birmingham Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, The i. Express and Star, ITV Central, BBC Midlands Today) Extensive national and local coverage following Sir Albert Bore’s announcement that he will be standing down.

City on its marks for Great Run (Birmingham Post, half page article on pg 6) Around 22,000 runners are expected to descend on Birmingham city centre this Sunday for the 2015 Morrisons Great Birmingham Run.

Council boss fed up of ‘being treated like child’ (Birmingham Post, quarter page article, pg 9) Birmingham City Council’s chief executive, Mark Rogers, says he is ‘fed up with being treated like child’ by central Government bureaucrats. Article uses extracts from Local Government Chronicle and Mark Rogers’ speech at the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).

Call to ease traffic chaos before new M&S opens (Birmingham Post, small article on pg 23) Birmingham transport chiefs have been urged to sort out the ‘mayhem’ at a busy road junction (Longbridge Lane and Longbridge High Street) ahead of the opening of a flagship Marks and Spencer store. Quotes Cllr Andy Cartwright.

Trojan Horse school ‘had morality squad of prefects’ (Birmingham Mail front page lead story cont’d on pg 5) A school linked to the Trojan Horse plot (Park View – an academy school) had a ‘morality squad’ of prefects who were encouraged to report pupils who were in secret relationships, a tribunal heard.

Travellers park 27 caravans at school (Birmingham Mail quarter page article, pg 24) Police were called in to a Birmingham Secondary School (The International School) after a traveller convoy of 27 caravans set up camp on its playground. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Library opening hours to be increased by school (Express and Star, small article, pg 5) Piece about decision to move the Brasshouse Language Service to the Library of Birmingham. Quotes Cllr Penny Holbrook.

Regional Headlines:

Double miscarriage-of-justice victim Martin Foran in payout fight – A terminally-ill cancer patient who was jailed for two robberies he did not commit is fighting for compensation a year after he was exonerated.

Connor Smith: Two charged with fatal shooting – Two men have been charged with murdering teenager Connor Smith who was shot in Birmingham.

National Headlines:

First ‘new’ grammar school in 50 years – England is to get its first “new” grammar school for five decades after it was agreed an existing school could build an “annexe” several miles away.

NHS and care sector: Safety a ‘big concern’ in England – Safety across the NHS and care sectors in England is a “significant concern”, with particular problems in hospitals, inspectors are warning.


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