Media Watch – January 20

By on 20/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Backing the BBC (Midlands Today) Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Mike Whitby interviewed about his ongoing talks with director-general Mark Thompson – part of the campaign to save BBC Birmingham.

Oral history appeal (BBC WM) BMAG curator Mariyam Ali interviewed about an oral history project that will form part of the new Birmingham History Galleries, to open later this year.

Da Vinci draws record crowds (Birmingham Mail) The first Leonardo da Vinci works to ever to go on show in Birmingham are set to smash visitor number expectations.

Costly cab stickers meet rank disapproval (Birmingham Mail) Plans to spend £2,000 of taxpayers’ money on stickers for private hire vehicles and taxis were put on hold after being branded ‘daft’.

Highway robbery (Birmingham Mail) City centre businesses are furious at car parking restrictions which they claim are unfairly targeting their customers.

‘Clean up’ lap dance club websites (Birmingham Mail) Lap dancing clubs in Birmingham could soon be banned from using porn to promote themselves, if a Tory councillor (Cllr Nigel Dawkins) has his way.

‘No’ to police station plan (Birmingham Mail)
Erdington councillors have slammed proposals to close their local police station. Cllr Bob Beauchamp quoted.

Lawyer in move to run cops (Birmingham Mail)
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.

Master of all he surveyed (Birmingham Mail) Review of BMAG’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.

Any time, any place, anywhere – the Martini contract (Municipal Journal)
The recently implemented Birmingham Contract has been referred to as the Martini contract. Cllr Alan Rudge explains how this new flexible approach is the right mix for a modern world.

Local accountable officers needed (Local Government Chronicle) Officers accountable to Parliament for public spending should be appointed at the local level if community budgets are to work, MPs have been told. Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes quoted.

Regional Headlines

Letters sent over cottage murder
Two anonymous letters sent to police provide new leads in the hunt for the killer of a Birmingham-born former teacher.

MP Dromey breached Commons rules
Birmingham Erdington Labour MP Jack Dromey apologises to Parliament after being found to have breached rules on the declaration of financial interests.

National Headlines

Over 370,000 migrants on benefits
Work-related benefits were claimed last year by more than 370,000 migrants who originally came to the UK to work, study or visit, figures show.

80mph limit Wales ‘opt-out’ call

Wales should opt out of UK proposals to raise the motorway speed limit from 70mph to 80mph, a sustainable transport lobby says.

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