Media Watch – Sept 11 (am)

By on 11/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

ArtsFest plugged in the Times

City planners ignore Whitby protests and back new bar cafe (Birmingham Post) A new cafe bar chain has been given the go ahead from city planners for its first Birmingham outlet despite the high profile objections of city council leader Mike Whitby.

HMS Daring and its crew honoured in Birmingham (Birmingham Post)
Union Jacks flew high and the crowd roared their delight when Birmingham sailors were awarded the freedom of the city.

Experience of work for 400 of city’s jobless (Birmingham Post) Almost 400 people who have been out of work for a year or more are to be offered ‘work experience’ jobs at Birmingham City Council.

Labour leader’s petition call over elected mayor (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Labour leader Sir Albert Bore is urging political activists to start a petition demanding the city be run by a directly-elected mayor.

People ‘judge’ of council website (Birmingham Post) Critics of Birmingham City Council’s £2.8m website have been accused of failing to understand how difficult it was to create such a complex project.

Free chance to see CBSO in concert (Birmingham Post) Birmingham residents today have a unique chance to catch up with one of the hottest partnerships in classical music.

Regional Headlines

Rover bosses took £42m from firm 
A report into the collapse of carmaker MG Rover will say that five executives took £42m in pay and pensions from the troubled firm, the BBC has learned.

Killer ‘let down’ by care staff 
A man with paranoid schizophrenia and the police officer he fatally stabbed were “let down” by NHS staff, an inquiry has found.

Radiation ’caused soldier death’ 
A former soldier’s death from colon cancer was probably caused by exposure to depleted uranium during the first Gulf War, an inquest jury has found.

Driver ‘lucky’ over M6 incident 
The driver of a car which left the M6, went down an embankment and hit a tree was “incredibly lucky” to only sustain minor injuries, ambulance workers said.

National Headlines

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Unions confront Brown over jobs 
Gordon Brown will meet 15 trade union leaders later amid fears that thousands of public sector jobs are at risk.

UK climate scepticism more common 
The British public has become more sceptical about climate change over the last five years, according to a survey.

Soldiers are ‘pride of Britain’ 
Members of the UK’s armed forces who have been awarded gallantry medals are “the pride of Britain”, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has said.



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