Media Watch – Dec 24

By on 24/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Driver wins tow truck battle after 8-hour stand-off (Birmingham Mail, BBC online, BBC Five Live, Telegraph, Mirror, Star, ITV) A man who parked illegally in a disabled bay and then sat in his car so it could not be towed away has won his battle to not have his car removed. A council spokesperson said the man had taken out of action a much-needed disabled space and wasted the time of officers and contractors

Bedroom tax crisis funds ‘running out’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is on the verge of running out of money to help desperate families thrust into financial crisis by the controversial ‘bedroom tax’

Council receives worst funding deal in country (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council is to plough on with service cuts after receiving the worst funding settlement by any major UK city. Sir Albert Bore said his appeals for a fairer deal fell on deaf ears

City is inundated with designs for major square (Birmingham Post) Nearly 200 architects from around the world are fighting for a contract to redesign Centenary Square

German market ‘will not go to Millennium Point’ (Birmingham Post) Officials have begun weighing up the options for the popular Christmas market for when work is taking place on the Paradise development

Council tied to pension fund costing millions (Birmingham Post) A proposal to move Birmingham City Council pension fund to cut fees would require a chance of law, it has revealed. John Clancy quoted

Regional Headlines:

Firm fined after worker crushed – Jaguar Land Rover is fined £40,000 after a worker suffered life-threatening crush injuries, the Health and Safety Executive says

‘Horrific’ murder appeal 20 years on – Police renew their appeal for help in finding two men who doused a woman in petrol and set her alight 20 years ago after she visited her Birmingham home

National Headlines:

Service marks Glasgow bin lorry crash – A special service is to be held in Glasgow for all those affected by a crash involving an out-of-control bin lorry – which left six people dead

Obama hails The Interview screenings – The US president welcomes a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea – which had been pulled following a cyber-attack and threats – in some US cinemas

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