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Only 34 locals given jobs at BBC Salford exploding claim that move would create work for local people

Only 34 locals given jobs at BBC Salford exploding claim that move would create work for local people

Just 34 local people have been given jobs at the BBC’s £200million new northern headquarters, it emerged yesterday. Out of 2,300 people working at the corporation’s MediaCity base in Salford, Greater Manchester, barely 1.5 per cent are from the city.

The figures – revealed following a Freedom of Information application – explode the BBC’s claim that moving departments including sport and children’s programmes to the North West would create new jobs there

Instead, critics say millions of pounds of licence fee cash has been wasted in the name of ‘geographical correctness’. Read more

James Tozer & Miles Goslett | Daily Mail | 8th April 2013

200 people warned of dramatic murder plots by Staffordshire Police

POLICE have been forced to warn more than 200 people of dramatic murder plots hatched against them across the region in the past three years, The Sentinel can reveal.

New data has uncovered the number of secretive ‘Threat to Life’ warnings, which are issued when police have credible intelligence that a person could be targeted by a potential killer.

The intended victim is then given advice and offered police protection, or the opportunity to move to a safe location. A Sentinel Freedom of Information Act request revealed Staffordshire Police issued 221 of the warnings between 2009 and 2012. Read more

Aimi Redfern | The Sentinel | 8th April 2013

Latest edition of Redbridge Life, Redbridge Council’s free newspaper, produced at a net loss of almost £10,000

Redbridge Life is published four times a year and delivered to 104,000 homes and businesses in the borough. It is produced by the council and provides information on council services.

A Freedom of Information Request submitted to the council reveals that the Spring 2013 edition cost £14,546 to produce. The council made back £4,860 in advertising income from the edition, leaving it with a loss of £9,686 on the paper.

Matt Keen, 39, of New Wanstead, submitted the FOI after receiving his copy. He said: “I’m very surprised that this thing is still coming out if it’s being produced at a loss.” Read more

Dominic Sutton | East London & West Essex Guardian Series | 8th April 2013

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