Media Watch – Dec 31

By on 31/12/2009 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Drinkers warned on short pints (Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Daily Sport) Trading standards officers have warned New Year's Eve revellers that almost nine out of ten pints of beer are being sold short.  (News release issued by the Media Office.)  Cllr Neil Eustace quoted in the Express.

Welcome 2010 with a bang (Birmingham Mail, Page 3) Revellers in Birmingham can see in the new year with a bang at a free fireworks display, which will light up the skies above Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square at midnight.

New Year's Honours List (Birmingham Mail, Page 4-5) MBEs have been awarded to former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Eric James Eames, and to Sharon Gail Bailey, head of service learning disabilities at Birmingham City Council.

Hate crime in spotlight (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) A major campaign has been launched by the Safer Birmingham crime-fighting partnership, aiming to raise awareness about religious and homophobic crime.  Cllr Ayoub Khan quoted.

Charge for having skip on the road (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) Anyone in Birmingham who places a skip on the road outside their house while carrying out work will soon have to buy a £10 permit.  Cllr Len Gregory quoted.

Takeover would “kill” community (Birmingham Mail, Page 7) Councillors have warned that a hostile takeover of confectioners Cadbury would kill the community where it has resided for nearly 200 years.  Cllr Nigel Dawkins quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Bend It Like Birmingham, a group that offers sporting opportunities to hundreds of disadvantaged people in the east of the city, has received the 2009 BBC Power of Sport Award at a ceremony in The Mailbox.

Firefighters were called in this morning to tackle a blaze which broke out at The President restaurant in the heart of Birmingham's “balti belt.”

Drinkers in Birmingham are the most likely to quaff a glass of bubbly over the festive season, with champagne sales up by nearly 50% compared to last Christmas, according to a survey by Tesco.

Council bosses in the Black Country have reacted angrily to a poll by renowned tour guide Lonely Planet, branding Wolverhampton “the fifth worst city on the globe.”

National Headlines:

A British man held hostage in Iraq for more than two and a half years is today celebrating his freedom.

UK house prices rose by 5.9% in 2009, according to the Nationwide Building Society, making some recovery from the massive falls of last year.

Shoppers are facing the last day of VAT at 15% today, although many retailers have said that they will not increase prices on 1st January.

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