Media Watch – Nov 8

By on 08/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

City in the slow lane (Birmingham Post) Every suburban residential road in Birmingham is set to have a 20mph speed limit imposed in a major road safety push.

Council crackdown on ‘sickies’ as cost of days off soars to £39m (Birmingham Post) Soaring staff sickness levels are set to cost cash-strapped Birmingham City Council £39 million unless urgent action is taken, new figures have revealed.

Move to ban ‘chuggers’ backed by most people (Birmingham Post) Shops and businesses have backed council plans to ban charity collectors from Birmingham city centre and other major shopping parades.

City’s fleet of gritters at the ready to keep the roads open (Birmingham Post) A fleet of state-of-the-art gritters to keep the city’s roads clear of snow and ice this winter has been unveiled.

Bhalla heads creative partnership (Birmingham Post) Broadcaster Anita Bhalla has been chosen to lead a new creative initiative in the region.

Ex-council spin doctor wins local TV station licence (Birmingham Post) The licence for a local TV station in Birmingham has been awarded to a firm run by the former director of communications at Birmingham City Council (Debra Davis).

Birmingham City Council AA+ rating outlook stable (Reuters) Birmingham City Council has demonstrated a very positive liquidity position and strong operating expenditure flexibility, supported by the very predictable and supportive UK institutional framework.


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Regional Headlines

Police probe ‘botched op’ surgeon
Police confirm they are investigating a surgeon accused of carrying out botched or unnecessary breast cancer operations in the West Midlands.

Two bailed over house fire death
Two women arrested by police investigating the death of a woman in a house fire in Birmingham are released on bail.

National Headlines

Welby ‘to be named as Archbishop
‘Bishop of Durham Justin Welby is due to be named as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, newspaper reports claim.

UK man awaits ocean yacht rescue
A British man and a New Zealand woman are waiting to be rescued after their yacht rolled in the Pacific Ocean, rescue authorities say.

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