Media Watch – Nov 5

By on 05/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Miliband promotes ‘living wage’ (widespread coverage) Birmingham City Council identified as one of the pioneers as Ed Miliband unveils plans to deliver a “living wage” of at least £7.20 per hour for millions of people, if Labour wins the next election.

Cockroaches found at city curry house (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a popular Birmingham restaurant (The Maharaja in Birmingham City Centre) where a string of celebrities have dined has been fined thousands of pounds over a major cockroach infestation.

Brummie accent baffles our call centre (Birmingham Mail) It was a case of crossed wired for a Birmingham councillor (Cllr Mike Leddy) – when his own authority’s phone system couldn’t understand his Brummie accent.

Best bars have a licence to thrill (Birmingham Mail) Pubs, clubs and bars are celebrating after being crowned Birmingham’s top venues in the Birmingham City Council sponsored Best Bar None awards.

School powers up savings (Birmingham Mail) New solar panels are set to save a Birmingham school more than £2,000-a-year – equivalent to the cost of powering more than 200 computers.

Plan to limit speed in city to 20mph (Birmingham Mail) A 20mph speed limit for residential roads across Birmingham is being considered by city councillors in a bid to cut road accidents and save lives.

City crime fight cash cut by half (Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Post) Spending on crime prevention work in Birmingham has been cut by more than half because of Government austerity measures.

Birmingham Looks To Unearth Sporting Diamonds (The Voice) Leader of city’s council plans to harness ‘force for good’ the Olympics had on people.

Regional Headlines

Woman killed in city house fire
A woman dies and three people are taken to hospital following a house fire in Birmingham.

Police targeting lorry hijackers
Lorry hijackers are targeted by police in the West Midlands using a modified vehicle equipped with covert cameras and alarms.

Cycling legend Tommy Godwin dies at the age of 91
Double Olympic medallist Tommy Godwin has died aged 91, British Cycling has announced.

National Headlines

Ash disease legal action planned
A nursery forced to destroy 50,000 ash trees because of a fungal disease may take legal action against the government for failing to block imports sooner.

Gulf human rights on agenda – PM
David Cameron pledges to raise human rights as he arrives in the Gulf on a trip to strengthen the UK’s defence, security and commercial ties.

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