Media Watch – Nov 12

By on 12/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

New Homes Bonus (BBC Radio 5 Live) Cllr John Lines welcomes Grant Shapps announcement of nearly £1bn extra Government funding for councils that welcome new housing development.

Cllr Gareth Compton Twitter row (BBC, Sky, Reuters, B Mail etc) Blanket news coverage, debate and comment of the councillor’s suspension and arrest after calling for a Muslim journalist to be stoned on the Twitter website. Unions and Sir Albert Bore call for his resignation.  

Transport blueprint for 21st century city (B Post, BBC Midlands Today, BBC online) Vision to transform the way people come into and move around Birmingham city centre launched by business, council and transport chiefs. Leader, Cllr Mike Whitby interviewed.

Birmingham falls silent in a salute to our war heroes (B Mail, BBC online)  Lord Mayor Len Gregory joins old soldiers and members of the public to mark Armistice Day at the Hall of Memories in the city centre

Square to be the new heart of the city (B Mail) Centenary Square will become the city’s new beating heart with the completion of its new library, claims architect Francine Houben

Uncertain future for digital group (B Mail) Digital Birmingham manager Heike Schuster-James told a scrutiny committee she expected council money to be severely cut in 2011

Ageing Brum given extra cash boost (B Mail) Government promised significant grants to help city meet soaring costs of care. Cllr Sue Anderson said she would not ‘open the Champagne’ until the scale of funding clear.

BCC implements SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management (FSN.co.uk) Glyn Evans, Corporate Director of Business Change, says with SAP ‘we’re confident that we can meet our requirements today and work together to tackle future needs’

Grant keeps Stan’s Cafe factory home (The Stage) Cllr Martin Mullaney welcomes grant award from Arts Council England saying ‘fantastic news and richly deserved’

Reducing overcrowding by providing large family homes in Sparkrook (WM Housing News, 24dash.com) Renovation and refurbsihment projects can be just as effective as building new homes and play an important role in providing myuch needed social housing, illustrated by Friendship/BCC partnership project  

Regional Headlines:

John Hemming MP defiant over expenses row (B Mail) Liberal Democrat Yardley MP said he has done nothing wrong over claims he used Parliamentary expenses system to pay off mortgage on an office in the city

Trust pay-out for lethal overdose (BBC online) A widow has been awarded £100,000 compensation because staff at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital gave her husband a lethal overdose.

Hospital probe in twins’ death (BBC) An independent investigation is set up by the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust into the recent deaths of baby twins

National/International Headlines:

G20 agrees to address currencies (BBC)  The G20 group of major economies agrees to avoid “competitive devaluation” of currencies after a second day of talks in Seoul

Burma ‘sanctions’ Suu Kyi release (BBC) Reports are coming out of Burma saying the military authorities have signed an order authorising the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi 

Woman dies after gales batter UK (BBC) Winds of up to 70mph (129km/h) cause bridge closures and widespread damage in parts of the UK, as forecasters warn worse weather is on the way

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