Media Watch – Dec 11 (PM)

By on 11/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Giant TV screen will no longer be silent (Birmingham Mail, Page 8 ) Victoria Square's big screen can end its two years of silence, after the council won the right to switch on a constant stream of television news, major sporting events and concerts for passers-by.  Quotes from Cllrs Ian Ward, Keith Linnecor and Bob Beauchamp.

£700k boost to help jobseekers (Birmingham Mail, Page 9) People on Incapacity Benefit will be given a £700,000 boost to help them back to work.  Cllr Neville Summerfield quoted.

Extra space for students (Birmingham Mail, Page 16) Birmingham Metropolitan College is set to provide more car parking spaces in a bid to stop traffic chaos near its James Watt campus on Aldridge Road, Great Barr.  Cllr Keith Linnecor quoted.

Council takes possession of property following homophobic bullying (BBC WM) Birmingham County Court has handed down an Anti Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) to a council tenant and granted Birmingham City Council a 56 day possession order of his home, bringing an end to a reign of homophobic abuse and anti social behaviour that has blighted the lives of Erdington residents since May 2009.  Cllr John Lines was interviewed on Ed Doolan's show.

Don't fowl up your Christmas with a toxic turkey (Press release) Student Environmental Health Officers are hosting a 'Turkey Tour' at the Frankfurt market, where Christmas angels in Santa's grotto will give advice on preparing, cooking and storing their turkey.

Regional Headlines:

Speaking on Ed Doolan's show today, PM Gordon Brown issued his strongest warning yet that the Government will oppose strongly any foreign buyer of Cadbury who attempts to end production in Birmingham.

According to a leaked memo, West Midlands anti-terror police are monitoring children as young as four for signs of brainwashing by Islamist extremists.

Solihull-based Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe has confirmed that 140 jobs are set to be axed, just 12 months after a previous programme of redundancies.

A long-awaited, £2.5 million complex for teenagers with cancer is set to open at Birmingham's Children's Hospital next week.

Two drivers have been taken to hospital following a collision at the junction of Hampton Lane and the A41 in Solihull.

Staff at Selly Oak Hospital have admitted they have received so many gifts, donated to wounded soldiers, that they are now running out of storage space.

National Headlines:

A male carjacker and his female accomplice have been jailed indefinitely for running over and badly injuring a mother of four, when he stole her car in Slough while she was scraping ice from the windscreen.

14 children and two adults were injured when a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it collided with a bridge in Leicester.

New rules on who can work with children, which came into force today, are too bureaucratic and will not guarantee safety, say head teachers.

Carwyn Jones has been sworn in as first minister of Wales and has begun the task of appointing his cabinet.

Suppliers have warned that the most popular type of Christmas tree may be in very short supply this year.

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