Media Watch – Nov 26

By on 26/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Armed heist at German Market (Birmingham Mail) Two Frankfurt Christmas Market workers had a “substantial amount of cash” taken from them during a robbery on Saturday night. The employees were targeted at the Suffolk Street car park in the city centre.

20 is Plenty phone-in (BBC WM) Cllr James McKay fielded calls from radio listeners during an “In the hotseat” session on the Adrian Goldberg show.

Missing millionaire: Final chance to claim Eur £12m! (Birmingham Mail, Central News) Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy has helped promote the search for the buyer of a winning Euromillions lottery ticket, purchased in Birmingham after it emerged a £12million prize needs to be claimed by 11pm on Wednesday.

Web discount (Birmingham Mail) Householders are being offered a £2 discount if they use the web to sign up for the council's new green recycling service. The discount cuts the price to £33 for the 2014 growing season.

Football captains back HIV testing campaign (Birmingham Mail) The captains of four Midlands football clubs (Birmingham City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers) have teamed up to promote a new campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV. Cllr Steve Bedser, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing also quoted in support of the scheme.

City bus lane drivers deserve to be fined, says councillor (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Tahir Ali says that motorists entering bus lanes covered by enforcement cameras are being rightfully fined. He is quoted as saying both the road and lampposts have signage - and added a review of the scheme was due in January to examine concerns raised to date.

HS2 rail line battle begins in Parliament (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the publication of the High Speed Rail Bill. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted in support of the scheme.

Council energy bill: 60% cut aim (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of the launch of the Birmingham Green Commission's Carbon Roadmap. Although reported as an energy bill cut target, 60 per cent actually refers to the aimed reduction in carbon emissions. Cllr James McKay, chair of the Green Commission, quoted. Roadmap launch also covered by Heart FM.

Council staff win awards (Birmingham Mail) Round-up of the recent Chamberlain Awards, which recognised the efforts of city council workers over the last year.

Regional Headlines

A grandfather from Walsall is claiming the Dangerous Dogs Act is not fit for purpose after his nine-year-old granddaughter was attacked by a dog.

A special educational needs manager from America at Walsall College is battling a recent immigration tribunal ruling which means he will have to leave the UK.

National Headlines

Scotland’s first minister is today set to outline the SNP’s blueprint for independence, ahead of next September’s referendum.

Plans for a huge wind farm off the north Devon coast have been shelved. Developer RWE Innogy is pulling the plug on the 240-turbine Atlantic Array project, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed.

A dispute over where the remains of King Richard III should be reburied is to be heard later at the High Court. Archaeologists found them under a Leicester council car park last year. They were to be re-interred at the city’s cathedral, but some of the king’s descendants claim his wish was to be buried at York Minster.

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