Media Watch – Nov 30

By on 30/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councillor’s son shot in Taliban ambush (Birmingham Mail) The soldier son of Birmingham councillor Anita Ward has been seriously wounded by Taliban gunmen.

Minister calls for an end to Wintervals (Birmingham Mail) Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has called for councils to promote Christmas as a Christian festival. A Birmingham City Council spokesman explained the frequently misreported Winterval never replaced Christmas and the traditional Christmas message has always been celebrated in Birmingham.

City tops spy cam league of spending (Daily Mail, The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Metro, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council tops a league table of spending on spy camera networks, it can be revealed today.

Olympic pool cuts outcry (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham sports chiefs have come under fire for removing a diving pool from the city’s proposed £58 million Olympic standard pool and aquatics centre. The decision has been made with the support of the Amateur Swimming Association.

Christmas date for huge New St project (Birmingham Mail) A huge engineering project to pave the way for the £600 million refurbishment of New Street Station will take place at Christmas.

Tory councillor stands down after ten years (Birmingham Mail) A top Birmingham Tory (Mark Hill) is turning his back on a bright political future due to the pressures of work and family life.

Wider drive bid for mums’ 4x4s (Birmingham Mail) A nursery owner has been told to widen his entrance drive to stop mums in 4×4 vehicles creating gridlock. Birmingham’s planning committee demanded the wider entrance drive of the All Seasons Nursery in Sutton Coldfield.

In pictures: Panto Horse Race for charity in Birmingham (BBC Online) Photo gallery.

Regional Headlines

Man charged over Kingstanding shopkeeper death
A man has been charged over the death of a shopkeeper in north Birmingham.

Man arrested over Smethwick crash in which baby died
A man has been arrested following a crash that killed a baby boy and left a woman critically ill.

Soldier L/Cpl Ashley White defrauded Help for Heroes
A soldier who “disgraced” his regiment by conning a charity for wounded soldiers has been spared jail because of his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

National Headlines

Councils in charge of healthy lifestyle drive
Councils are to be put in charge of encouraging healthier lifestyles under plans to be unveiled by ministers.

Snow spreading across much of UK
Fresh snow has been falling across many parts of the UK, bringing disruption to some areas not previously affected.

Panorama World Cup claims
Fall out from BBC claims that three senior Fifa officials who will vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids took bribes in the 1990s.

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