Media Watch – August 28

By on 28/08/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Super council will not be as radical as Manchester’s (Birmingham Mail, Express and Star) The man spearheading talks over the region’s new ‘super council’ says the political shake-up is unlikely to be as deep as that of Greater Manchester.

City chiefs to face public grilling over performance (Birmingham Mail) The expert panel appointed by the Government to oversee Birmingham City Council’s efforts to improve performance is inviting residents to a public meeting next month (11 September).

MP: Holiday timing of green-belt plan consultation ‘questionable’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been accused (by Andrew Mitchell MP) of trying to play down consultation over its plans for 6,000 homes and a major factory on Sutton Coldfield’s green belt. Quotes council spokesman highlighting the four forthcoming public events and council website.

Let’s get this party started (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is set for a major transformation during ‘Super September’ as the city hosts Rugby World Cup games at Villa Park and New Street Station and Grand Central open. Feature looks in detail at each of the events during ‘Super September’.

West Midlands councils ask bailiffs to collect debts (Heart Radio) Heart’s been told people in the West Midlands are struggling to pay debts and more help is needed to help them do so sooner. References BCC’s use of bailiffs 82,512 times.

Regional Headlines:

‘Last chance’ to save former Dudley Hippodrome, says council – A council has given groups hoping to rescue a West Midlands theatre “a final chance” to submit viable plans.

UK jihadist Junaid Hussain killed in Syria drone strike, says US – A British man from Kings Heath, Birmingham, described as a “top cyber jihadist” has been killed in a military drone strike in Syria, US officials say.

Man charged with manslaughter following Stafford street attack – A man from Cannock was last night charged with the manslaughter of Carl Tindall, who was found with serious head injuries on a Stafford street last Saturday evening.


National Headlines:

Migrant crisis: More than 70 bodies found in Austria lorry – Austrian officials now say more than 70 bodies, thought to be migrants, were in an abandoned lorry found on a motorway.

Migrant crisis: Libya boats sink off Zuwara carrying hundreds – Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying about 500 migrants sank off Libya, officials say.

Facebook has a billion users in a single day, says Mark Zuckerberg – For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg.


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