Media Watch – May 28

By on 28/05/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sir Albert Bore appeared on BBC WM responding to criticism of the ethnic make-up of the new Birmingham City Council cabinet. He reflected that 38 per cent of all appointments made by the new administration come from Black Minority Ethnic communities.

Shisha campaign launched in Birmingham (BBC WM) The NHS in Birmingham is working in partnership with the Local Authority to launch a campaign which lays bare the facts about Shisha smoking. Cllr Steve Bedser interviewed.

Rise in parking tickets despite fewer wardens (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham parking wardens issued nearly 133,000 tickets to drivers last year – the third most in the country outside London.

Loan shark cash set to stop debts (Birmingham Mail) Cash clawed back from loan sharks is set to be ploughed into a scheme aimed at helping cash-strapped families in the Midlands.

Head wins fight for academy (Birmingham Mail) One of Birmingham most improved schools (Perry Beeches) has become an academy months after its head teacher claimed its application had been the subject of ‘political games’.

Schools miss out on money for rebuilds (Birmingham Mail) Six crumbling Birmingham schools are set to be rebuilt or refurbished - but many others have been left disappointed after being told their bid for funding has been rejected.

Ex-planning chief’s fears for Central Fire Station (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s former chairman of planning (Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn) said he fears the historic Central Fire Station will crumble and decline after plans for a student village and ‘tombstone’ tower above were formally rejected.

Regional Headlines

Fun run could help fund nurses
Organisers of a leukaemia appeal fun run say they hope it has gone “a long way” to raising enough money for a specialist nurse.

Wolverhampton wins ‘Portas’ money
Wolverhampton is selected as one of 12 English High Streets which will share a £1.2m pot of cash to rejuvenate shopping areas.

National Headlines

Hague in Russia talks over Syria
Foreign Secretary William Hague is in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over the massacre in the Syrian town of Houla.

Chemical plant hit by huge fire
A huge fire breaks out at a chemical processing plant in south-east London, sending smoke billowing over the city.

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