Media Watch – January 19

By on 19/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

The streets paved with gold …for the council (Birmingham Post) Parking fines in Birmingham accounted for more than £4 million in revenue for the council last year. NB: All revenue from parking tickets is reinvested in the city’s transport infrastructure.

Electoral fraud case witness in bid to run police force (Birmingham Post) A lawyer (Cllr Ayoub Khan) responsible for exposing the most shameful event in Birmingham’s political history has announced he wants to run West Midlands Police.

Quarter BIDs to be given a chance to really shine (Birmingham Post) Article looking at the latest area of the city (Jewellery Quarter) looking to become a business improvement district.

An elected mayor will lead to new wealth (Birmingham Post)
Article looking at the economic potential for Birmingham if it does adopt an elected mayor.

Merged museums launch hunt for board members (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s two leading museums (BMAG and ThinkTank) have launched a recruitment campaign for eight inspiring individuals to join their board of trustees following their merger.

India off-shoring job row will cost taxpayers £12.6m (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
The political backlash and resulting U-turn over the offshoring of council IT jobs to India last year could end up costing the taxpayer £12.6 million, it has emerged.

Tempers fray at meeting (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail)
A heated political debate over a historic Birmingham swimming pool (Moseley Road Baths) descended into anarchy leading to allegations that a city councillor (Cllr Martin Mullaney) was crudely insulted.

An audience with a Renaissance master (Birmingham Post) An exciting new exhibition has brought ten Leonardo da Vinci drawings to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Approval for council planners (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s transformed planning department has been given the stamp of approval by West Midlands Developers’ Alliance.

Regional Headlines

Man charged with couple’s murders
Detectives investigating the deaths of the parents of a West Midlands Police officer charge a 37-year-old man with their murders.

BBC strike over Birmingham plans

A 24-hour strike is held by some BBC staff over the corporation’s plans to move a number of programme teams from Birmingham to Bristol.

National Headlines

Abandon NHS bill, two unions say
The unions for nurses and midwives toughen their stance by stating their “outright opposition” to the government’s plans for the NHS in England.

UK border relaxations ‘shock’ MPs

A “highly troubling” breakdown of communication between officials led to UK border controls being relaxed too often last year, MPs say.

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