Media Watch – Jan 13

By on 13/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

‘I was a victim of child grooming sex gang’ (Birmingham Mail) A woman who was a resident of city council-run Uplands Children’s Home while a teenager has said that she was targeted while at the facility.

Je suis tres desole (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Anita Ward has apologised after accidentally tweeting the names of the Charlie Hebdo killers. Cllr Ward quoted as saying auto-complete settings on Twitter were to blame for the mistake.

I apologise to every Birmingham resident (Extensive local and national media coverage) So-called terror expert Steve Emerson has apologised after his comment that Birmingham was a Muslim-only city. Cllr James McKay widely quoted as inviting Fox News (the network to initially run Mr Emerson’s comments) to visit Birmingham.

Councillor’s heartache as wife leaves him for head (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Tim Huxtable has spoken about the breakdown of his marriage after recently reported allegations about his wife Keely and Richard Tattersfield, the headteacher of Dame Elizabeth Cadbury College. Allegations also covered by the Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Star and The Times.

Man loses hand in shop mincer horror (Birmingham Mail) A part-time supermarket worker lost his hand after it got stuck in a faulty meat slicer, a court has heard. Prosecution against Ash Food Fair on Witton Road in Aston brought by the city council. Sentencing is due next month.

NEC sale announcement is expected (Sky News website) Sky’s city editor says an announcement on the sale of the NEC Group is expected as soon as later this week.

NHS phoney war hides the real scandal (The Times) Feature looking at the link between widely-reported NHS pressures and problems with social care. Reference made to a case where an elderly patient at the Queen Elizabeth hospital had to remain there for 40 days while a package of care was finalised by the council.

Birmingham bumps Berlin off list of 20 top travel destinations (Birmingham Post website) Birmingham has made it into the top 20 European business travel destinations for the first time – and bumped Berlin off the list in the process. Birmingham was number 18 on a list for 2014 compiled by Egencia, the business travel offshoot of travel company Expedia.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police are staging a crackdown on outlawed roadside windscreen washing gangs in Birmingham, who it is claimed are begging drivers for cash.

Continued coverage of the ‘outrage’ over a change of recipe for the Cadbury’s Crème Egg.

Midlands put on snow alert with wintry showers predicted to sweep across the region later today.

National Headlines

This week’s edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will show a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign. Above the cartoon are the words “All is forgiven”.

The cost of creating places for the 880,000 extra pupils expected in England by 2023 could push schools to breaking point, council leaders warn. The Local Government Association fears the crunch on school places could soon reach a tipping point with no more space or money to extend schools. 

E.On says it will cut its standard gas prices by 3.5 per cent, equivalent to £24 off an average annual household gas bill.

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