Media Watch – March 19

By on 19/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council’s bin survey asks: Are you gay? (Sun, Daily Express, Times, Daily Star, Mirror, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Metro) Householders were asked if they were gay or bisexual — in a survey on wheelie bins.

Our cities must be freed to flourish again (Telegraph) Article looking at Lord Heseltine's 'No Stone Unturned' report.

Paradise Circus £450m transformation drives forward (BBC WM, Birmingham Mail) The transformational redevelopment of Paradise Circus is moving forward after the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) approved an Enterprise Zone resource allocation of more then £60m. Sir Albert Bore interviewed.

Rogue landlords fined £5,000 (Birmingham Mail) Two rogue landlords who left tenants in properties with crumbling ceilings, broken smoke alarms and other defects must pay more than £5,000 each, following their conviction.

Regional Headlines

Scratch and sniff drug cards posted
Marijuana-scented scratch cards are to be posted to households in the West Midlands in a bid to detect illegal cannabis farms.

Child trapped in pizza dough machine
A five-year-old boy fractures his knuckles in a dough maker at a Solihull pizza shop.

National Headlines

Parents ‘to get 20% childcare costs’
Some parents in the UK will be able to claim back up to £1,200 a year for each child – or 20% of childcare costs – from 2015, under government plans.

Papers seek legal advice on watchdog
National newspapers take “high-level legal advice” on whether to co-operate with a new press watchdog established by royal charter and backed by law.

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