Media Watch – Christmas Eve

By on 24/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Closure of another record-breaking Frankfurt Christmas Market and handover of goods to homeless charities and children’s homes. (BBC Midlands Today, Central, WM, BRMB)

Birmingham City Council offers £150,000 to replace Dutton (Birmingham Mail)
A new Birmingham City Council planning chief will be one of the West Midlands’ best paid local government officials with a salary of up to £153,000, it has emerged.

Council offices outcry (Birmingham Mail)
Some of Birmingham’s poorest people could lose out following a major shake-up of the city council’s neighbourhood offices, it has been claimed.
Transforming customer services – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5520

Birmingham City Council wins national HR award (midlandbusinessnews.co.uk)
Birmingham City Council’s human resources department has received a top national award for its BEST programme.

Birmingham City Council wins national HR award (midlandbusinessnews.co.uk)
Birmingham City Council’s human resources department has received a top national award for its BEST programme.

Sutton made a priority in cold snap (Sutton Coldfield Observer)
As the Observer went to press, Birmingham City Council had gritted its entire network three times, with Sutton made a priority as measures continued.

The new rituals of a modern-day Christmas (BBC)
The Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham is the biggest of its kind outside of Germany and Austria. The city knows it’s Christmas when the Germans come, according to Emily Malcolm of Birmingham City Council. This is reflected in the visitor numbers, which reached 2.8 million last year, with 94 German-owned stalls flown in from Frankfurt.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham has little chance of a white Christmas (Birmingham Mail)
After weeks of fevered speculation, forecasters have predicted there will be no white Christmas in Birmingham tomorrow.

Proposal to raise dangerous driving sentences 
Justice Secretary Jack Straw has proposed increasing the current two-year maximum jail term for dangerous driving to five years. It follows a campaign for an increased tariff by the parents of a Birmingham toddler who was paralysed by a car travelling at more than 70mph in a 30mph zone.

‘Hero’ pilot’s body repatriated 
The body of a pilot who died making an emergency sea landing that saved the lives of his nine passengers has been brought back to the UK. Captain Robert Mansell, 32, originally from Knowle, near Solihull in the West Midlands, landed the plane in the south Caribbean sea in October.

Run-down housing in £311m boost 
Communities across the north of England and Midlands will share £311m next year to boost work already under way to transform run-down housing.
 
Rampaging bullock shot on streets of Birmingham 
A bullock was shot dead after it escaped from an abattoir and rampaged along streets in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Icy roads and freezing fog warnings for Christmas Eve 
Christmas Eve travellers face another day of disruption as the UK wakes to widespread ice and to freezing fog.

Soldier killed in Afghanistan was ‘special forces’ 
A soldier from the Parachute Regiment killed in southern Afghanistan was special forces, the BBC has learned.

Health chiefs in booze price plea 
All 17 of Scotland’s public health chiefs have called on politicians to back a minimum price for alcohol.

Queen’s broadcast praises forces and makes climate plea 
The Queen is expected to pay tribute to Britain’s armed forces in this year’s Christmas Day broadcast.

Archbishop warns over gangs at his first Christmas Mass 
Archbishop Nichols has maintained a high profile in the Church.
Many young people are drawn into gangs in an attempt to bolster their weakened identity, the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales will warn later.

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