Media Watch – Jan 6

By on 06/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Birmingham shopping set to be transformed after revamp (Financial Times) With close to £1bn of investment in stores and transport infrastructure, Birmingham hopes to overtake Glasgow and Leeds as the leading shopping city outside London.  Council leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Paradise forum redevelopment (local coverage):  Interviews with Waheed Nazir  (Midlands Today) and Ann Shaw (Radio WM) discussing the importance of this development yesterday evening.

Paradise forum – disruption to traders (Radio WM): Interview with worker from Subside nightclub in Paradise Forum, who claims he had to make 26 staff redundant on New Year’s Day as the club had to close before development work began.

Councillors face grilling over cuts plan (Birmingham Mail): Story promoting the council’s second budget consultation webcast, which takes place on Wednesday (7 January).  Council leader Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Improve tower block access says Druids Heath baby death mum (Midlands Today, BBC News Online): Interview with Jocelyn Bennett, who lost her twin daughters after paramedics faced delays getting into her flat at Pleck House when she went into labour last November.

Childhood obesity crisis (BBC WM): Birmingham Public Health’s consultant dietician Eleanor McGee interviewed as part of a feature about childhood obesity stats for Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.

1,000 objections to Islamic school plan for former gym site (Birmingham Mail): Report on the number of objections the city’s planning committee about turning the former Curves gym in Hall Green into an Islamic school.

Plans to bulldoze iconic city recording studio booted out (Birmingham Mail): Feature on application to demolish and redevelop Rich Bitch studios in Selly Oak, used by Black Sabbath and Slade, that is set to be refused by planning committee today.

Children ‘washed in toilets’ at Birmingham care home (BBC News online): Article on allegations of mistreatment by former residents of St Athan Croft care home in Castle Vale, Birmingham, during the 1970s and 1980s.  Council spokesperson quoted saying the home was council-run but there was no record of any complaints but said they took allegations of that nature seriously.

NEC sale schedule slips (Conference News): Article stating the announcement has been delayed, but that a private equity house is involved in ‘exclusivity’ talks.

Traffic technology on the move (Traffic Engineering and Control): Report on new decision support tool which will help transform urban traffic management –  the city council is set to debut a prototype this year.

Regional headlines

A teenager and her partner are charged with the murder of her 14-month-old brother, in Balsall Heath.

Birmingham businessman Lewis Tonkinson and his wife Sally, who lived near Redditch, identified as the victims of a plane crash in Hampshire at the weekend.

National headlines

The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time target with performance dropping to its lowest level for a decade, new figures show.

The number of people in the UK who have cancer will reach a record high of 2.5 million this year, up 400,000 from five years ago, according to a Macmillan Cancer Support.

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