Media Watch Jan 18 (pm)

By on 18/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Inquiry into children’s service cut (Birmingham Mail, page 2): Education Scrutiny chairman Cllr Jon Hunt is to examine proposals which have put 1,300 jobs under review.

 Firm fined over unsafe conditions (Birmingham Mail, page 5): Birmingham builder’s merchant ordered to pay £8,000 for failing to ensure safety of employees following inspection by BCC health and safety inspectors.

Website’s hat-trick (Birmingham Mail, page 12): Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s website gets an award. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

City’s GCSE results correction (Express & Star): Paper puts right inaccurate report last week in which it claimed 47.7 per cent of GCSE pupils got at least five GCSEs grade A* to C. The correct figure is 72.7 per cent (the first figure is if you include English and maths).

Rubery resident complains about ‘abysmal’ refuse collections (Bromsgrove Advertiser): A Rubery resident who says his refuse and recycling hasn't been collected for weeks, has called the situation “abysmal”. He added that there could be no excuses for collection vehicles to not make it to the houses in the snow, as houses on the other side of the road, which fall into Birmingham City Council's boundary, had received their collections.

Regional Headlines

BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central, Birmingham Mail, Express & Star: US firm Kraft have until tomorrow to raise hostile bid on Cadbury. Experts claim tbhey will need to offer at least £12.4 billion to succeed.

BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central: Environment Agency says cost of flooding to UK was £3.2 billion. Reports from Worcestershire which was badly affected by floods last year. Campaigners say £850 million Government money for flood defence “inadequate”.

BBC Midlands Today: Wolverhampton is 5th worst city in the world, according to Lonely Planet guide book. Interviews with locals defending their city. ITV

ITV Central: New flood fears in Worcestershire over rising level of River Severn.

Express & Star (page 1): Work on M6 flyover above A453 expected to lead to extensive traffic delay

National Headlines

Unions to hold new BA strike vote

Blair Iraq inquiry date announced

Tories promise “elite” teachers PR News Briefings

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