Media Watch – Nov 23

By on 23/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum to get wheelie bins (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, Free Radio, Every house in Birmingham is getting three wheelie bins after the city secured almost £30 million in government funding.

Taskforce for bakery staff (Birmingham Mail) Council officials have launched a special to fight for the rights of up to 600 workers facing the axe at the Hovis bakery in Garretts Green.

Smoking rumble in the jungle (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham health boss (Cllr Steve Bedser) has complained to broadcasting watchdogs that jungle babe Helen Flanagan is ‘glamorising’ cigarettes by repeatedly smoking on TV.

Baby Jesus returns to his manger (Birmingham Mail) A nativity scene at Birmingham’s German Market has finally reopened – after a stolen baby Jesus was returned to his manger.

Hotel plan for city centre eyesore (Birmingham Mail) An empty eyesore office block above a city centre nightclub can now be converted into a hotel following a meeting of city planners.

8 schools to become academies (Birmingham Mail) Another eight Birmingham schools are set to leave council control to become academies.

Pupils’ tree honour for Korean war vets (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham's Korean War veterans were honoured during a tree planting ceremony at the city’s Cannon Hill Park.

Family’s anguish at graveyard dispute (Birmingham Mail) A row has broken out over the upkeep of a children’s burial area at a Birmingham cemetery.

Children’s homes axe puts jobs in danger (Birmingham Mail) Council bosses have confirmed the closure of five children’s homes in the Midlands – putting 75 jobs at risk.

Regional Headlines

Weather damage clear up begins
Roofs are blown off buildings and trees blown down during wind and rain in the West Midlands.

West Midlands PCC Bob Jones scraps business partnering plans
The West Midlands police and crime commissioner (PCC) has scrapped the force’s plans for business partnering.

National Headlines

Carbon target not in Energy Bill
The government publishes details of its long-awaited Energy Bill, but the absence of a target for reducing carbon emissions by 2030 is criticised.

Man dies as wind and rain hits UK
A man dies after his car is trapped in flood water in Somerset, after strong winds and heavy rain sweep across the UK, with more bad weather to come.

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