Media Watch – 1 April

By on 01/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Pest control in Birmingham – widespread national coverage including The Independent, Daily Star, Daily Telegraph and ITV.

Council spends £2,000 on lamppost behind conifer trees – widespread coverage including stories in Mail Online, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express

Plans to increase speed limit on key roads across city (Birmingham Mail): Key Birmingham roads could have their speed limits increased as a spin-off from council plans to introduce 20mph limits throughout the city. Cllr James McKay quoted.

Trojan Horse probe must be tough: MP (Birmingham Mail): Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood has claimed hard-line Muslims are trying to ‘indoctrinate’ pupils at some of Birmingham’s inner city schools. No council quote.

More schools face ‘Islam plot’ probe (BBC Online): Update on Trojan Horse investigation. Park View governor Tahir Alam quoted.

Benefits scam mum and daughter to pay back £18k (Birmingham Mail): A mum and daughter benefits cheat team who falsely claimed more than £27,000 have been ordered by a judge to hand back nearly £18,000 – or face prison. Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

Rethink call over plans to turn off fifth of city’s CCTV (Birmingham Mail): Council bosses will be urged to rethink plans to switch off a fifth of Birmingham’s crime-busting CCTV cameras by a watchdog committee. Cllrs James McKay and Waseem Zaafar both quoted.

City baby boom sparks new bid to reopen school (Birmingham Mail): A primary school, almost bulldozed to make way for new housing, is to be fully reopened to meet demand for school places in the wake of Birmingham’s recent baby boom.

Universal appeal (Health Club Management): Birmingham’s Be Active and Active Parks initiatives featured in article on innovative ways to broaden the appeal of physical activity.

Regional Headlines

Murder suicide doctor ‘driven mad’ by knotweed (Birmingham Mail)

West Midlands and Staffs fire services to share 999 calls (BBC News)

National Headlines

Royal Mail sale price ‘too cautious’ (BBC News)

Seven-a-day fruit and veg ‘saves lives’ (BBC News)

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