Media Watch – May 2

By on 02/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Green waste (BBC WM) Further coverage of the city's chargeable green recycling services. Rachel Maclean (Conservative Parliamentary spokesperson for Northfield), John Hemming (Liberal Democrat MP for Yardley) and Cllr James McKay (Labour Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City) all interviewed about the scheme.

£26k benefit fraud case (Daily Star) Coverage of a recent court case brought by the city council. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

Protesters 'conker' Tesco to save century-old tree (Birmingham Mail) A horse chestnut tree at the former Meteor Ford site in Moseley has been saved following a campaign by local residents. Cllr Ernie Hendricks quoted.

MP demands to be told what's in Ofsted report (Birmingham Mail) Liam Byrne MP has criticised Ofsted for failing to publish the results of an investigation into allegations made about Park View Academy.

Boozing knocks a YEAR off Brummie men's lives (Birmingham Mail) Continued coverage of new Public Health England figures. Adrian Phillips, director of public health for Birmingham, quoted as saying minimum pricing for alcohol is needed.

20mph limit will boost health (Birmingham Mail) Adrian Phillips, the city's director of public health, has backed proposals for the widespread introduction of 20mph limits to Birmingham's roads, saying it will reduce accidents and obesity.

Town council handed a £5,000 boost (Birmingham Mail) The National Association of Local Councils has given a £5,000 to the campaigners seeking a devolved town council for Sutton Coldfield.

City visitor centres axed as focus switches online (Birmingham Mail) Information centres on New Street and at Birmingham Airport are to be closed by Marketing Birmingham as part of a shift to online services in light of budget cuts. Deputy Council Leader Ian Ward quoted - saying more people prefer to obtain such information online.

Whitby: My £600m New St dream has been ruined (Birmingham Mail) The council's Conservative group leader has criticised a plan from Network Rail which would see a footbridge at New Street Station left in its existing form, rather than being given reflective steel cladding as initially suggested.

Regional Headlines

A 31-year-old man is charged with slavery offences after four men were found in “squalid conditions” at a house in Birmingham.

Two Wolverhampton brothers who provided protection for a convicted conman, must repay nearly £340,000, a judge rules.

National Headlines

US drugs giant Pfizer has raised the price it is offering for UK firm AstraZeneca to £50 per share, valuing the firm at £63bn.

Ukraine’s government forces have begun an “anti-terror” operation in the eastern city of Sloviansk, Kiev says. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said one Ukrainian pilot had been killed, and other people wounded and that nine rebel checkpoints had been seized.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported pre-tax profits of £1.6bn for the three months to the end of March, almost double the profit recorded in the same quarter a year earlier.

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