Media Watch – Feb 25

By on 25/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

E-cigarette adverts (BBC WM) Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed on Pete Morgan breakfast show, expressing concern about television advertising for e-cigarettes. Cllr Bedser said he felt such campaigns were attempting to normalise smoking again.

Historic library set to reopen (Birmingham Mail) Acocks Green Library is set to reopen on March 4, after being closed since last August for essential repair work.

Illegal staff found during market raid (Birmingham Mail) Two stallholders have been removed from Birmingham's outdoor market after a police raid found seven suspected illegal workers. The stallholders have appealed the decision.

Taxpayers lining the pockets of private landlords (Birmingham Mail) A total of £1.2billion in housing benefit was paid to private landlords across the West Midlands last year.

Up to 2,100 are wrongly charged the bedroom tax (Birmingham Mail) More coverage of recently publicised figures relating to the number of people potentially affected by under occupancy rules. Cllr John Cotton quoted.

Regional Headlines

The last-ever passenger flight for the iconic DC-10 landed at Birmingham Airport yesterday.

MPs have suggested “staggering” school term dates and giving teachers more discretion on absences during a debate on the cost of holidays. The debate was sparked by a petition to stop holiday firms “cashing in” on the school holidays. Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who requested the debate, said the issue was a “considerable concern” to many people.

National Headlines

Ukraine’s interim President Olexander Turchynov is due to form a unity government, days after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Harriet Harman has denied supporting paedophilia “in any way, shape or form”, after the Daily Mail reported past links between a civil rights group and a paedophile campaign group. The newspaper has reported that a civil liberties group she used to work for had links to paedophile rights campaigners in the 1970s and 1980s.

A key measure of hospital death rates should be ignored, according to the expert leading the review into them. Academic Prof Nick Black has been asked by the NHS to see whether they are an accurate indicator of poor care. His review is not due to be published until December, but he has said the most established method of measuring mortality appeared to have no value.



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