Media Watch – December 12

By on 12/12/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Parents’ fury over academy bid at school (Birmingham Mail) Angry parents spoke out against turning a Birmingham primary school (Montgomery School in Sparkbrook) into an academy as its teachers prepare to strike tomorrow.

Consumers advice line set for axe (Birmingham Mail) An advice line based in Birmingham is set to be axed as part of a hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cuts to a city consumer watchdog.

Be a savvy web shopper (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy offers advice for consumers buying last minute Christmas presents online.

Brum’s green inspiration (Sustainable Business) Article looking at the sustainability plan at the heart of the Library of Birmingham project.

From the major to the minuscule (Daily Telegraph) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Poetry of Drawing exhibition included in a look at the best UK shows of the year.

UK Christmas gift aid (Guardian) The Frankfurt Christmas Market and Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter included in a feature looking at the best places to shop for unusual gifts this Christmas.

In the market for festive fun (Daily Express) The Frankfurt Christmas Market featured as one of the four best Christmas markets in the UK this Christmas. The market is also featured in the Sunday Mirror.

Council tax scam dupes vulnerable (Birmingham Mail) Householders in Birmingham are being duped into handing over cash in a council tax scam sweeping the city, consumer watchdogs say.

Jail for rip-off Hajj travel agent (Birmingham Mail) A travel agent who ripped off a Muslim family over a Hajj pilgrimage has been jailed for 15 months.

Mansion family fight play area (Birmingham Mail) The Birmingham family who bought their very own mansion are now calling on the council to scrap plans for a children’s playground outside.

Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council’s director of planning and regeneration, looks at how effective new enterprise zones will be.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham dropped as cancer site
Manchester and London are chosen over Birmingham as sites for new cancer treatment centres.

Biggest study into CO poisoning
West Midlands Fire and Rescue embarks upon Britain’s biggest study into carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, to try to reduce the number of deaths it causes each year.

Man dies after car hits a fence
A man dies in a Birmingham hospital after his car hits a fence at the side of a city road.

National Headlines

Cameron to face MPs over EU veto
David Cameron will face MPs later to explain his decision to veto EU treaty changes – a decision his coalition partners say was bad for Britain.

RBS woes caused by poor decisions
RBS nearly collapsed in 2008 because of poor management decisions and poor regulation, a report from its regulator says.

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