Media Watch – October 28

By on 28/10/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham councillors meet Kraft CEO in US visit (BBC) The leader of Birmingham City Council has said he is optimistic for the future of Cadbury after meetings in Chicago with owners Kraft.

Birmingham binmen to be balloted over strike action (BBC) Unions representing binmen in Birmingham have voted in favour of strike action.

Drive for Olympic volunteers launched (BBC WM, BRMB) Birmingham City Council has launched a search for hundreds of volunteers to work with gold medal hopefuls in the build-up to the Olympic Games.

Festive market sparks eviction (Birmingham Mail) Protesters occupying Birmingham’s Victoria Square have been told to quit their camp  to make way for the Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Five health bosses as city gets sicker (Birmingham Mail) More than £600,000 of taxpayers cash a year is paying for five public health bosses.

Regulars fight to save local (Birmingham Mail) Shop owners and residents have launched a committee to fight plans to turn a Birmingham pub into a supermarket.

New row on school plan (Birmingham Mail) Proposals to extend a cramped inner city primary school have been mothballed because of confusion over school places  – prompting one governor to resign.

Staffordshire Hoard in Washington (BBC WM) The final preparations are being made for a special exhibition of the Staffordshire Hoard in Washington DC.

Keeping talent at the heart of the organisation (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council’s Cllr Alan Rudge considers how to engage and retain talent during this period of cutback.

Are council newspapers/magazines value for money? Are they politically biased? (BBC WM) Forward one of a number of publications referenced in story looking at the value of council newspapers.

CFC damns business rate plans (Municipal Journal) The City Finance Commission (CFC) has warned that Government plans for the reform of council finances will fail to meet the key aims of promoting economic growth and forging closer links with business.

Regional Headlines

Man sentenced for chemical death
A man is jailed for the manslaughter of a woman he doused in white spirit at a Wolverhampton restaurant in 2004.

Call to change riot insurance law
Police authority leaders call for a change in insurance law after facing claims of £5m for damage caused in August’s Birmingham riots.

National Headlines

Directors’ pay ‘up 50% in year’
Pay for directors of the UK’s top businesses rose 50% over the past year, a report suggests.

Aspirin ‘can block bowel cancer’
Taking a daily dose of aspirin can reduce the incidence of bowel cancer in people at high risk of the disease, scientists say.

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