Media Watch – Nov 13

By on 13/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Revealed: £4bn plan to get city moving  (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBCWM, BBC online) A 20-year vision to transform transport to Birmingham can be unveiled today. Birmingham Connected, a long-term vision to invest £4 billion in largely public transport has taken a step closer with the publication of a white paper. Quotes Sir Albert Bore

City’s German Market returns (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BBC online) Widespread coverage of Frankfurt Market which opens today.

Flood gridlock ‘cannot be allowed to happen again’ (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Traffic chaos which left commuters trapped in their cars for five hours after a key route flooded must never happen again, city leaders have demanded.  Quotes Cllr Jon Hunt, Cllr Tahir Ali and a council spokeswoman referring to recommendations for a remote monitoring system and pre-planned diversion routes.

Major redevelopment begins on Eastside site (Birmingham Post) Work has started on a key Eastside regeneration scheme which is the first speculative office building to be built in Birmingham since before the recession.  Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Return of speed cameras (Birmingham Post) Speed cameras are set to be switched back on at ten sites across Birmingham and Solihull next year in a £1 million trial.  Quotes Cllr James McKay.

Combined force is step on road to devolved powers (Birmingham Post, BBC online) Business and community leaders have welcomed an historic accord between Birmingham and the Black Country to create a combined authority.

Council wants cheaper energy (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is looking to slash its £25 million-a-year gas, electricity and water bills through investment in solar and wind power, fuel saving initiatives and using its size to buy wholesale energy at lower costs.  Quotes Cllr Lisa Trickett.

Anger at homophobia lesson (The Times) Police were called to a meeting between a primary school (Welford Primary) head teacher and parents angered that their children were being taught about homophobia.

Regional Headlines

Keane called police to team hotel – Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane called police to the Republic of Ireland team’s hotel following an incident, the FA of Ireland says.

Oldswinford head teacher arrested over indecent images – Ross Workman has been suspended from Oldswinford CE Primary School in Stourbridge

Warren Clarke, star of Dalziel and Pascoe, dies aged 67 - British actor Warren Clarke, best known for TV role in Dalziel And Pascoe, has died aged 67 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

National Headlines

Comet probe Philae now stable – The robot probe Philae that made a historic landing on a comet is now stable after failing to attach to surface, scientists say

Miliband: I can absolutely be PM – Labour leader Ed Miliband admits his “mettle has been tested” by reports senior figures in his party want him to resign, in an interview with BBC political editor Nick Robinson

Qatar to be cleared of corruption - Qatar will be cleared of corruption during the 2022 World Cup bidding process, BBC Sport has learned.

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