Media Watch – Aug 23

By on 23/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Bailiffs sent in 80,000 times (Birmingham Mail, Daily Telegraph,,, Birmingham Council bosses sent in bailiffs more than 80,000 times in the last year – the highest in the country.  Council quoted as saying the figures are misleading.

It’s simply A-mazing! GCSE Results: As the national pass rate falls, midland schools celebrate achieving great grades (Birmingham Mail) Feature on fantastic GCSE results across the midlands.  Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones.

Traffic chaos warning for Eid festivities (Birmingham Mail) More than 20,000 people are set to enjoy a huge party tomorrow in Cannon Hill Park to mark Birmingham’s 13th Eid Mela celebrations. (This is incorrect, it’s on Sunday.)  Quotes Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward. Also featured in the Bank Holiday weekend section with correct date.

Local financial assessment a while off, concedes NAO (The Municipal Journal) The National Audit Office (NAO) has admitted it has ‘no timescale’ for carrying out a comprehensive assessment of local government’s future financial sustainability.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore.

“Displays of flesh” fears don’t stop nudist hotel getting drinks license (Caterer & Hotelkeeper) A nudist hotel in Birmingham has been granted a drinks license despite concerns that the move could lead to trouble.

Birmingham considers LEZ (Commercial Motor) Birmingham City Council is considering introducing a low emission zone (LEZ) within the city’s ring-road to incentivise the take-up of cleaner vehicles by operators in the area.

Tesco fined £300k (The Municipal Journal) Retail giant Tesco has been fined £300,000 for misleading the public over a ‘half price’ strawberries offer.

Hajj travel packages  (BBC Midlands Today, Central News) Risks involved with trips arranged by rogue travel agents,  interviews with Birmingham Trading Standards

Regional Headlines

Second arrest over ‘car wash row’ death   Police arrest a 27-year-old man after a man was killed by a lorry after a dispute at a car wash.

Man injured in city stab attack  A man is taken to hospital after being stabbed in Wolverhampton.

Anelka given compassionate leave  Nicolas Anelka is given indefinite compassionate leave by West Bromwich Albion after the death of agent Eric Manasse.

National Headlines

‘One million’ Syrian child refugees    UN agencies say the number of children forced to flee Syria has reached one million, describing the figure as “a shameful milestone”.

Furniture stores ‘used fake prices’   Six High Street furniture and carpet retailers are being accused of misleading their customers with fake prices.

Police target online football abuse   Abuse of football players or supporters on social media is being targeted this season by police and prosecutors in England and Wales, fans are warned.

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