Media Watch – Sept 23 (am)

By on 23/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Volunteers bid to trump council’s new website (Birmingham Post) A group of volunteers is building a rival version of Birmingham City Council’s website which they believe improves on the £2.8million official site pilloried by the internet community on its launch earlier this month.

Balls applauds our city councils over schools (Birmingham Post) Birmingham and Coventry have led the way in helping schools improve and escape the threat of closure, according to the Education Secretary.

Birmingham Central Library/Library of Birmingham latest (BBC WM)
Planning Committee chairman Peter Douglas Osborn and campaigner Alan Clawley on Phil Upton breakfast show

Birmingham – a cycle friendly city (WM) Graham Lennard – Projects Leader (Cycling & Walking) appeared on Ed Doolan show explaining what is being done to encourage more people to cycle in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council Awards recognise staff who have gone that extra mile (HR Magazine) Birmingham City Council will hold an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of its employees in November.

Regional Headlines

Treating brutally injured soldiers 
The BBC has been given rare access to the military hospital at Selly Oak, Birmingham, and followed two gravely-injured servicemen from the Afghanistan frontline to treatment in the UK.

BNP teacher’s hearing postponed 
A disciplinary hearing involving a teacher who is a member of the British National Party has been postponed over fears it could lead to public disorder.

Fraudster in £3,000 petrol theft 
A conman used a cloned card to buy £3,000 worth of petrol at the same West Midlands petrol station over six days.

Reward in hammer attackers hunt 
A train company has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of two men who attacked a rail worker with a hammer.

CCTV released of football clashes 
Police have released CCTV images of men they want to speak to in relation to violence that broke out after the Birmingham football derby.

Man in court over 999 murder call 
A man from Birmingham has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice following a 999 call about the murder of a taxi driver.

National Headlines

Brown move to cut UK nuclear subs 
The prime minister is to tell the United Nations that he is willing to cut the UK’s fleet of Trident missile-carrying submarines from four to three.

Clarity due on assisted suicide 
Guidelines on assisted suicide law in England and Wales will be published later to clarify when people are likely to be prosecuted.

Tories do not have to win – Clegg 
Nick Clegg will urge voters not to sleepwalk into a Tory government in a keynote speech to his party conference.

Banks ‘must restore public trust’ 
Banks must focus on restoring the public’s trust in their role, despite signs of economic improvement, the boss of the UK financial watchdog has said.

UK economy ‘faces tough recovery’ 
The UK economy has begun to emerge from recession but growth next year will be fragile, a forecast by business group the CBI has warned.



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