Media Watch – Nov 12

By on 12/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Light Fantastic (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Thousands of families were well and truly sleighed last night as Birmingham geared-up for the big Christmas countdown with the city council’s annual festive parade and Christmas lights switch-on.

Fewer people have flu jab (Birmingham Mail) Figures have shown the number of at-risk patients in Birmingham having the flu jab has fallen by eight per cent this year. Now public health bosses for the city are urging those people to see their GP and get immunised.

German market is here (Birmingham Mail) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – with Birmingham’s popular Frankfurt Christmas Market being built to welcome visitors.

Brum tribute to our heroes (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the Remembrance Day parade – led by Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines.

Probe into worm ‘found in sweets’ (Birmingham Mail) Public health bosses have launched a new probe into a Birmingham food firm over a complaint that a bug was found in a sweet.

Hopes rise of keeping markets in city centre (Birmingham Mail) Traders are on the brink of victory in their long-running battle to keep Birmingham's wholesale markets in the city centre.

Birmingham calls for benefit penalties to enforce families scheme (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham City Council has asked for powers to cut families’ benefits or remove their right to social housing if they repeatedly refuse to take part in the troubled families scheme.

Continental Christmas (Daily Mirror) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market included in a feature looking at festive markets across the UK.

Regional Headlines

Ding murder suspect ‘slept rough’
A BBC investigation finds a Birmingham businessman arrested in connection with the murders of a family had been sleeping rough for more than a year.

Inmate takes to city prison roof
A prisoner takes to the roof of HMP Birmingham, but is later “talked down” by officers.

National Headlines

BBC news executives ‘step aside’
The BBC’s head of news and her deputy are asked to “step aside” to restore “clarity”, two days after its director general resigned over a Newsnight broadcast.

Body found in search for teenager
Police searching for a teenager whose boyfriend is being questioned on suspicion of her murder find a body.

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