Media Watch – Nov 26

By on 26/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham and Solihull gear up for cold snap (BBC, WM) As the temperature falls, Birmingham City Council is gearing up to deal with icy roads and possible disruption to other services.

Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Mike Whitby interviewed by Steve Dyson as part of the Hard Talk series for BBC Radio WM.

Birmingham City Council chief warns of thousands of job losses (Birmingham Post.net) Birmingham City Council is days away from confirming the biggest spending cuts for decades, with an admission that thousands of local authority jobs will disappear over the next four years.

Strike ballot for binmen closes today (Birmingham Mail) A strike ballot of Birmingham’s 850 binmen closes today.

Golden girls celebrate city win (Birmingham Mail) Top athletes Jessica Ennis and Christine Ohuruogu celebrated a sparkling win for Birmingham as the city was added to the list of prestigious Diamond League athletics venues.

Bullying target cut ‘a disgrace’ (Birmingham Mail) Government plans to scrap targets to beat the bullies in schools are a cut too far, according to Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families Cllr Les Lawrence.

Staff facing axe ‘don’t call in sick’ (Birmingham Mail) Human resource bosses at Birmingham City Council claim that workers facing redundancy are less likely to call in sick.

Retirement village plan proves a hit (Birmingham Mail) New plans for a £200 million retirement village in Birmingham attracted inquiries from more than 500 potential residents.

A precious diamond (The Voice, Runners World) Birmingham has confirmed its status as a world class sporting venue with the news that for the first time ever the Aviva British Grand Prix will be staged in Birmingham on Sunday, July 10.

Birmingham and Middle East join forces for regeneration (Property Week) Calling all developers in Birmingham: your council is offering to promote stalled schemes to Middle Eastern investors for free.

Regional Headlines

Girl, 15, arrested over ‘Facebook Koran burning video’
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English language version of the Koran.

Three men arrested over shooting murder in Bilston
Three men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in the Black Country.

More time to quiz Netherton lorry driver death suspects
Detectives have been granted more time to question eight men over the death of a Polish lorry driver who had been transporting televisions.

National Headlines

Energy firms facing gas and electricity price review
Ofgem is to investigate recent energy price rises, as it says they have significantly widened suppliers’ profit margins.

Karzai’s office blames British for Taliban impostor
President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff has said British authorities brought a fake Taliban commander into sensitive meetings with the Afghan authorities.

Fresh snowfalls set to hit UK amid road ice warning
Icy roads will make driving hazardous in parts of the UK, say forecasters amid warnings of more snow.

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