Media Watch – Dec 19

By on 19/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

5,000 ‘Boris bikes’ heading to Brum (Birmingham Mail, Central TV, BBC online, Free Radio) Thousands of ‘Boris bikes’ are coming to Birmingham.  (Big Birmingham Bikes) Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

Spaghetti repairs could mean months of delays (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham commuters could face months of traffic chaos as major roadworks are carried out under Spaghetti Junction and Paradise Circus is demolished in the New Year.

Labour MPs call for garden tax to be suspended (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Labour MPs are calling for the city’s controversial £35 a year ‘garden tax’ to be suspended following the publication of a report into last year’s garden waste debacle. Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

New Conservatoire design ‘looks like a cheese grater’ (Birmingham Mail) The proposed new home for the world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire has been likened to a cheese grater and an Oxo cube by planners.  Quotes Cllrs John Clancy, Peter Douglas Osborn, John Alden and Martin Straker Welds.

Funding cuts begin in West Midlands (BBC online) Next year’s £117m savings proposed by Birmingham City Council mean 1,100 more job losses.

Petition against cuts at Library of Birmingham (BBCWM) There is an online petition against the cuts at Library of Birmingham.

Regional Headlines:

Trojan Horse schools ‘making progress’, Ofsted reports (BBC online, BBCWM) Progress is being made at two Birmingham schools placed in special measures as a result of the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, Ofsted has said.  (Saltley School – local authority and Nansen Primary School – an academy)

Charities lose cash over ‘extremism’ – Two Muslim charities lose grants after the government claims they have links with extremism.

‘Despicable’ thieves caught on CCTV – Two men are caught on CCTV stealing an elderly couple’s Christmas money after distracting them.

Andrew Leigh guilty of murdering estranged wife Luan Leigh – A man who drugged his estranged wife with sleeping pills before strangling her has been found guilty of murder.

National Headlines:

Women could join British infantry – Women could be allowed to serve in British infantry units for the first time by 2016, subject to a review into female soldiers.

Eight children found dead in Cairns – Eight children are found dead at a house in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after a stabbing, while the mother of at least seven of them suffers stabs wounds.

Kurds ‘break IS mountain siege’ – Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State’s siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

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