Media Watch – Jan 2

By on 02/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

New year honours for great and good of the Midlands (Birmingham Post) Includes Tapshum Pattni, assistant director, Adult Social Care, BCC, who has been awarded an MBE.

Campaign for publication of council Capita contract (Birmingham Post) Academic David Bailey has launched a petition to allow the public to see Birmingham City Council's outsourcing deal with Capita. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.

Faces to watch 2014 (Birmingham Post) Round up of people to watch in 2014 includes some cllrs and Mark Rogers who will become BCC Chief Executive.

£2.7m plans for 12 homes are unveiled at clock site (Birmingham Mail) Plans for the second phase of a £5.5 million development in a leafy Birmingham suburb have been unveiled after a city architect won a competition for the contract.

Great building site divide to split up German Market (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's German Market is set to be cut in half next year with a Berlin Wall style division due to a planned £500 million redevelopment.  Quotes Birmingham City Council spokeswoman  pointing out that that priority will be given to create on-going access. 

Regional Headlines:

Man dies after being hit by car   – A man in his 80s dies after being hit by a car outside a supermarket in Birmingham.

West Bromwich Albion president dies – The president of West Bromwich Albion football club, John Silk, has died at the age of 89 after a short illness, the club says.

Osbornes Stationers closes three shops after going into administration – A 200-year-old high street stationery chain that went into administration last month has shut three stores and begun closing down sales at 14 others.

National Headlines:

Rail fare rise comes into effect  – An average 2.8% increase in rail fares comes into effect on Thursday, pushing the cost of some commuter travel to more than £5,000 a year.

Bill changes to ‘simplify’ energy – A ban on complex energy tariffs is coming into force as the regulator introduces reforms aimed at making switching suppliers easier.

Antarctic rescue mission under way – An operation is under way in Antarctica to rescue passengers from the research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped in ice for more than a week.

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