Media Watch – Nov 26

By on 26/11/2012 in Media Watch

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Helen Fag-again: Cig-loving jungle babe accused of glamorising smoking (The Sun, Express, Daily Star Sunday, BBC WM, swns.com, tellymix.co.uk, unrealitytv.co.uk) Jungle babe Helen Flanagan was today blasted by health chiefs who accused her of “glamorising” smoking by repeatedly lighting up on the TV show. Birmingham City Council health chief Steve Bedser complained to broadcast watchdog Ofcom accusing show bosses of encouraging young girls to take up the habit by showing the Corrie beauty puffing on fags.

Brilliant days out for the family (Mail on Sunday) Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market featured in article looking at great festive days out across the UK.

The Dam Busters land at German Christmas market (Sunday Mercury, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail) The carousel at the Frankfurt Christmas Market has been playing the theme tune from the Dam Busters.

Libraries should be part of life (Daily Telegraph) article looking at the Library of Birmingham project.

Bin rewards anger traders (Birmingham Mail) Councils should not offer Nectar-style superstore rewards for recycling and should instead support local high streets, a leading businessman Robert Grosvenor, Chair of The Lifford Business Association) has argued.

Frontline council staff face big pay cuts (Birmingham Mail) Frontline Birmingham City Council security guards, care workers and other staff, who work anti-social hours face pay cuts of up to £500 per month when their shift allowances are scrapped, a union official has claimed.

Four crunch meetings over council’s finances looming (Birmingham Mail) Four public meetings over the perilous state of Birmingham City Council’s finances have been lined up during December.

How can we promote employee ownership in social care? (Care Talk) BCC strategic director for adults and communities Peter Hay featured in article looking at this issue.

Janet Brisland dies (The Bookseller) Janet Brisland, development manager for children’s services for the new Library of Birmingham, and well known to many children’s publishers and writers, died after a short illness on November 1st.

Culture and the Arts - a new future for Birmingham (Brumcitycentre.com) Five months after he took over leadership of the council in May, Sir Albert Bore called together this mixed gathering of the cultural great-and-good with professional and amateur arts practitioners, and ordinary residents (including this member of your Neighbourhood Forum committee).

Regional Headlines

Flood warnings issued in region
A number of warnings are issued for the West Midlands area after heavy rain.

‘Advanced talks’ in club takeover
The company which owns Birmingham City Football Club confirms it is in liaising with three parties over a possible takeover.

National Headlines

Flood fears as storm heads north
The north of England and Wales are braced for possible flooding as the weather front which led to 800 homes being flooded moves north.

Firms help tax evasion flourish
A flourishing industry which helps people to evade UK tax is uncovered following an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme.

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