Media Watch – Jan 3

By on 03/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council set to confirm chief (Birmingham Mail) The appointment of a new Birmingham City Council chief executive (Mark Rogers) is expected to be rubber-stamped in a public meeting next week.

New homes win favour (Birmingham Mail) City planners are expected to approve the construction of 22 new affordable homes in empty land in Weoley Castle. Quotes Cllr Adrian Delaney.

41 ‘struggling’ schools improve as academies (Birmingham Mail) The Department for Education has claimed 41 ‘struggling’ Birmingham primary schools are making progress after converting to academies in the last two years.

New anti-smoking ads (BBC WM) Cllr Steve Bedser insists it is right to ‘fight fire with fire’ with graphic anti-smoking ads.

Solihull Council in hunt for a new chief executive (Solihull News) Solihull council has begun a search for a new chief executive following the departure of Mark Rogers who has won the £180,000-a-year job to run Birmingham City Council.  Quotes Sir Albert Bore, Cllr Penny Holbrook and Mark Rogers.

Leading arts groups hit by cuts of up to 20 per cent (Solihull News) A series of leading Midland arts organisations including the Birmingham Royal Ballet, will have their council grants cut by up to 20 per cent.  Quotes Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr Robert Alden.

Work experience proposals (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has pledged to create more useful work experience opportunities for school-age children in the city.

Regional Headlines:

Tyre pressure ‘read as you drive’   -  Academics in Birmingham have helped developed a device which can read the tyre pressure of vehicles as they pass over it.

‘Naughty step’ for Mumsnet error MP – Birmingham MP John Hemming says his account has been suspended by parenting website Mumsnet after he identified a family in a case where a mother was forced to give up her child.

Aston University scientists invent new rat trap – Scientists at a Birmingham university have come up with a new way of controlling rats to prevent the spread of poison-resistant animals.

National Headlines:

UK faces flooding as tides peak  – Severe flooding is expected in many parts of the UK as high tides combine with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday.

Cabinet papers ‘reveal pit hit-list’ – Cabinet papers from 1984 reveal miners’ leader Arthur Scargill may have been right to claim there was a “secret hit-list” of more than 70 pits earmarked for closure.

Developing world obesity quadruples – The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has quadrupled to almost one billion since 1980, a UK think tank says.

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