Media Watch – March 28

By on 28/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council scraps homes for heroes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has been accused of letting down brave troops by dumping a ‘homes for heroes’ housing scheme. Councillor Ali, cabinet member for development, said two development sites were only ‘potential’ sites and there is still an opportunity for ex-service personnel to have properties developed

Fears city ‘overpaid’ contractor up to £19m (BBC WM, BBC online Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council believes it overpaid a major contractor – MITIE – by up to £19m.

Strings attached to council’s CBSO grant as cuts loom (Birmingham Post) The CBSO has pledged to make savings as it prepares for further reductions in council and public sector subsidies

£19m supply chain boost to help Midlands expand (A £19m programme to support companies in the automotive and aerospace supply chains has been launched. It is managed by Finance Birmingham with Birmingham City Council as the accountable body

Residents evacuated from a block of council flats in Northfield after a water tank burst (BBC WM)

Product recall: council food operations manager talking about pork contamination of halal chicken burgers (BBC WM)

Regional Headlines:

How the BBC is short-changing the Midlands (Birmingham Post) Politicians have called on the BBC to invest a share of TV licence fee-payers’ cash in the Midlands

London Midland franchise extended (BBC online) Rail company London Midland has had its franchise extended by the Government to June 2017

National Headlines:

Police alert as Cyprus banks reopen – Armed police are on guard in Cyprus as banks reopen

Nelson Mandela back in hospital – The former South African president has been re-admitted to hospital with a recurring lung infection

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