Media Watch – Sept 8

By on 08/09/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage ahead of the Papal visit, including: Pope’s visit expected to be worth £12.5m to Birmingham’s economy (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) The Papal visit will be worth an estimated £12.5 million to the Birmingham economy, according to the city councillor co-ordinating the event.

Widespread coverage of the Big School Lottery – BBC2 documentary broadcast last night featuring Julie Newbold, head of admissions and appeals at Birmingham City Council.

£18m to make Brum popular (Birmingham Mail) The organisation responsible for promoting Birmingham at home and abroad (Marketing Birmingham) has been awarded an £18 million funding package to make the city more popular.

City boss ‘not up to the job’ (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of Birmingham City Council staff survey.

No knee-jerk cuts pledge (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham faces savage Government spending cuts but must not engage in the ‘knee jerk’ slashing of essential services, city council leader Mike Whitby has warned.

Fury at job service cutbacks (Birmingham Mail, BBC Online)  City councillors were greeted by scores of noisy protesters angry at cuts to a youth employment service as they attended their monthly meeting at Birmingham’s Council House.

Handle with care (Guardian) Article on public sector finances features Stephen Hughes’ open letter to Birmingham City Council staff regarding the extent of spending cuts required over the next few years.

Regional Headlines

Wolverhampton gang member jailed for murder
A 23-year-old gang member who stabbed a disabled rival to death in Wolverhampton has been jailed for life.

August sales up 75% at Jaguar Land Rover
Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover says sales of Jaguar vehicles are up almost 75% compared with August last year.

National Headlines

Murder sentence changes supported by top prosecutor
Calls for different degrees of murder charges have received the backing of the director of public prosecutions.

Connaught administration threatens thousands of jobs
Property and environmental services giant Connaught is expected to formally enter administration later, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Ian Tomlinson post-mortem examination report withheld
A post-mortem examination report into the death of a man at the G20 protests last year has been withheld from authorities, it has emerged.

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