Media Watch – November 22

By on 22/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Extensive coverage of Frankfurt Christmas Market on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5Live.

Underground car park plan (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Engineers are investigating the possibility of building a vast underground car park close to Birmingham’s planned high speed rail station.

Memory that never fades (Birmingham Mail) Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anita Ward, laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Birmingham on the anniversary of the 1974 pub bombings.

Fast food outlets ‘are as bad as strip clubs’ (The Grocer) Food outlets have been branded as much of a ‘public nuisance’ as strip clubs as Birmingham City Council proposed strict measures to curb the number of takeaways.

UK Housing Awards 2011 (Inside Housing) Birmingham City Council, winner of the outstanding achievement in housing in the UK award, has managed to develop new affordable family homes on its own land.

Local authorities facing £86 million carbon tax bill (Inside Housing) Cash-strapped councils face a combined carbon tax bill of £86 million next year which risks stripping funds from energy saving projects, experts have warned. Birmingham City Council, which faces the biggest bill at more than £2.1 million, said the money will not result in cuts to energy saving projects.

Regional Headlines

Academy to offer New Street jobs
An academy is set up in Birmingham to help “open up” jobs for locals at the New Street redevelopment.

Woman bludgeoned gran for savings
A woman who murdered her 92-year-old grandmother after stealing her life savings is jailed for a minimum of 22 years.

Hobbit cafe told to change name
A Birmingham cafe at the heart of JRR Tolkien country, is accused of copyright infringement by a US production company.

National Headlines

Cancer survival progress hailed
Overall median survival periods for cancer have risen from 12 months to nearly six years since the 1970s, but with little change in some cancers, figures show.

Executives’ high pay ‘corrosive’
The high salaries of UK executives are “corrosive” to the economy and undermine productivity, the High Pay Commission claims.

Plans to shake up party funding
Plans to reform the funding of political parties are being published later, but all parties must agree to them before they can be implemented.

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