Media Watch – Sept 14 (pm)

By on 14/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Warning over cuts (Birmingham Mail) Pledge to save £42 million through efficiencies at BCC will not be achieved unless “corrective action” is taken. Story based on “traffic light system” showing higher proportion of red and amber alerts signifying savings may not be met. Glyn Evans quoted saying he expects significant improvement during the year.

Dancing in the streets at ArtsFest spectacular (Birmingham Mai)  Report on weekend's ArtsFest where world record for Bhangra dancing was broken by more than 1,000 visitors. Other events at ArtsFest also highlighted.

Opposites often attract (Birmingham Mail) Columnist Mike Olley's take on the Leader's State of the City address. Praises speech for recognising negatives while highlighting positives and concludes that politicians in Birmingham do actually often agree with each other - and get on well with each other.

Duo given ASBOs for abuse (Birmingham Mail) Two Birmingham council tenants handed ASBOs after being racially abusive, homophobic and violent towards their neighbours in Erdington's Cranleigh House.

Regional Headlines

BBC Midlands Today/ITV Central: Fire Brigade Union fears one in four fire stations are to be closed in Warwickshire. 100 jobs threatened. Key meeting this afternoon.

BBC Midlands Today/ITV Central: Funeral of Herefordshire soldier Sgt Paul McAleese held today. He was killed by a bomb trying to help an injured colleague in Afghanistan

ITV Central: Two men being treated in hospital after being shot at a venue in Balsall Heath over the weekend. Injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

National Headlines

Airline plot trio get life terms
Labour “must not lose its nerve”
Soldier shot dead in Afghanistan
Paedophile check scheme defended

Student finance “shambles” anger


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