Media Watch – Dec 24

By on 24/12/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Market is a winter marvel (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham, BBC, BRMB) Birmingham’s German Christmas Market turned out to be a red-hot attraction despite the snow and icy weather.

On the road with Birmingham’s gritting lorries (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Mail reporter Will Oliphant spent a night shift with the city’s army of gritting lorries.

Birmingham Council sees repairs calls double as snow continues to fall ( Birmingham City Council has revealed it is still dealing with more than double the number of calls to its repairs contact centre compared with this time last year.

The biggest ‘war on Christmas’ myths (Telegraph) Article looking at the truth behind a host of Christmas myths, including Winterval. Article states: In 1997 and 1998, Birmingham City Council ran a promotional campaign called Winterval. It was three months long, and included celebrations of Hallowe'en, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Ramadan, Eid, Hannukah, Advent, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year. At Christmas, according to a statement from the council, “there was a banner saying Merry Christmas across the front of the council house, Christmas lights, Christmas trees in the main civil squares, regular carol-singing sessions by school choirs, and the Lord Mayor sent a Christmas card with a traditional Christmas scene wishing everyone a Merry Christmas”. Yes, it's political correctness gone mad.

Regional Headlines

Elderly pair killed in Birmingham flat fire are named
An elderly couple who died after a fire at their flat have been named. Cynthia and Philip Darley, both aged in their 80s, died after the fire started in the airing cupboard at their home in Hickory Drive in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Nikki Sinclaire wins UKIP sex discrimination case
A lesbian MEP has won a claim for sex discrimination against her former colleagues in UKIP.

Tarmac Building Products to cut 550 jobs
West Midlands-based firm Tarmac Building Products Ltd is to cut 550 jobs and close one of its divisions due to “tough market conditions”.

National Headlines

Rail services reduced on Christmas Eve
Train passengers making journeys before Christmas are being warned that some services have been reduced.

Woman killed in dog attack in south London
A woman has died after being attacked by a dog at a house in south London, police have said.

Queen focuses on sport in speech
The Queen has made sport the central focus of her Christmas message this year, Buckingham Palace has revealed.

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