Media watch – Nov 29

By on 29/11/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

60,000 fined! (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham city centre's ten new bus lane enforcement cameras snared almost 60,000 drivers in the first 11 weeks of the controversial scheme

Plain packaging for cigarettes (BBC WM, Free Radio) Cllr Bedser urged the government to act now, rather than have further reviews

£400m Snow Hill plans for concourse and offices (Birmingham Mail) Talks have taken place between Network Rail, Birmingham City Council and property company Ballymore on a potential refurbishment of the station

Cricket boycott in name change row (Birmingham Mail) Furious cricket fans threatened to boycott Warwickshire's Edgbaston ground in a row over the cricket clubs name-change plans. Cllr Ian Ward said the Birmingham Bears T20 team is an exciting proposition that can unite fans across the city

New  Brum science hub sparks global interest (Birmingham Mail) Thirty global healthcare firms have expressed interest in investing in Birmingham's push to become a leading force in the life sciences sector. Sir Albert Bore said Marketing Birmingham had been inundated with interest

Councils 'working hard to improve paths for walkers' (Birmingham Mail) Midland councils have hit out at a report which claims ramblers are being stopped in their tracks by lack of investment. A BCC spokesperson said they had added 284 paths

Regional Headlines:

Frontline police officer numbers reduced by 14% – West Midlands Police has lost almost 14 per cent of its frontline officers since 2010

£20m underpass 'closed for repairs' - An underpass in West Bromwich is to close for resurfacing just a year after it opened

National Headlines:

Government wants energy prices held – Ministers are asking the big six energy firms to hold prices until the middle of 2015, barring any major increase in wholesale fuel costs

Parents 'to share childcare leave' – Mothers and fathers will be able to share up to a year of parental leave by April 2015, but one business group calls the plan a “nightmare”

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