Media Watch – September 15 (am)

By on 15/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Campaign to re-open Sparkhill Baths (BBC Radio WM, Phil Upton Breakfast Show, September 15) Campaigners who want Sparkhill Baths to re-open have said 12 local schools are unable to offer swimming to pupils due to the loss of the facility a year ago. Cllr Martin Mullaney interviewed, talking about a business case he is putting together to improve swimming provision across the city.

Dr Johnson's Birmingham insult reversed (The Guardian, September 15, page 34) Coverage of an exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that marks the 250th anniversary of Dr Johnson's birth.

20pc of council's cash pays for its record debt (Birmingham Post, September 15, page 1) New figures show that borrowing by the council has more than doubled in five years to currently stand at £2.4billion. The figure has been branded “unsustainable” by Cllr James Hutchings, while Corporate Director of Resources Paul Dransfield is reported as dismissing the suggestion. An editorial comments claims that an elected mayor would be the answer.

That's my boy! (The Voice, September 14, pages 4-5) The mother of sprinter Usain Bolt's has spoken of her pride at her son's world record-breaking success. Reference made to his Jamaican athletics squad selecting Birmingham as its base for the 2012 Olympics.

Birmingham to crack down on HIP rule breakers (Property Week, September 11, page 35) The city council is to clamp down on estate agents who flout the rules over Home Information Packs. Cllr Neil Eustace, chairman on the Public Protection Committee is quoted.

Caring army planning for a life not yet lived (Birmingham Post, September 15, page 16) Feature in which reporter Richard McComb has shadowed a children's social worker from the city council.

Disabled group protests over care payments (Birmingham Post, September 15, page 17) Campaigners from the Disabled People's Direct Action Network protested outside the council house yesterday to highlight their concerns about the quality of care that is being offered by the local authority.

Regional Headlines

The future of vanmaker LDV has been thrown into further question after it emerged that Westar had pulled out of a bid to buy the Washwood Heath-based firm (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM).

Orion Media chief executive Phil Riley, who now runs BRMB, has said that he aims to put the 'local' back into radio (Birmingham Post).

Chocolate manufacturer Cadbury is to strengthen its defence against recent takeover efforts from American rival Kraft (Birmingham Post).

National Headlines

A year after Lehman Brothers collapsed, a UK think tank echoes President Obama’s warnings about complacency in banking.

Dirty Dancing film star Patrick Swayze dies aged 57 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

English councils are losing almost £90m a year through fraudsters claiming the single person’s discount on their council tax, says the Audit Commission.

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