Media Watch – November 25

By on 25/11/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

First clash in mayor debate (Birmingham Mail) An elected mayor could lead the city towards a golden era of growth, confidence and success. Or the city could be limbered with a corrupt power-freak and unable to ditch him for four years. Those were the opposing views during the first skirmish of a six-month referendum campaign.

Beeb should back Brum says council (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby is calling on the BBC not to turn its back on the city.

Police drive boy racers out of area (Birmingham Mail) More than 100 drivers have been slapped with banning orders as part of a bid to put the brakes on the boy racer menace in Birmingham.

Loan sharks warning (Birmingham Mail) Three Midland housing associations have joined forces to raise awareness about the dangers of illegal money lenders.

‘Duping’ claim on cop shop closures (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Birmingham claim they were ‘duped’ into accepting the partial closure of Quinton Police Station. Cllr Peter Smallbone quoted.

Tourism ‘revolution’ promises Olympic pot of gold for city (Birmingham Mail) Sport and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised Birmingham ‘a revolution is domestic tourism’ as the city bids to cash in on the Olympic Games.

Arts cuts threaten ‘dumbing down’ (Birmingham Mail) The most popular arts centre in Birmingham (the mac) may have to cut its opening hours and ‘dumb down’ artistic output if it loses out in the city council’s next spending review.

Health bosses in £539m cuts (Birmingham Mail) NHS savings of £539 million are to be made across Birmingham and Solihull over five years, health bosses have revealed. But Coun Tony Kennedy, city health scrutiny member, said he was sceptical of the move.

Taxpayers fund officials (Daily Express, BBC WM) Birmingham City Council referenced in a story saying a total of £113 million of taxpayers’ cash was pumped into trades unions across the UK through grants and subsidies in one year.

Regional Headlines

Two in court charged with murder
Two men from Birmingham appear in court charged with the murder of Harry Broadhurst from Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire.

Blind runner helps cancer charity
Blind runner Dave Heeley gives a cheque for tens of thousands of pounds to Macmillan Cancer Support after completing seven marathons, in seven days in seven continents.

National Headlines

£1bn scheme targets young jobless
The government says it is to spend £1bn on creating 400,000 work and training placements in Britain to help tackle record youth unemployment.

Heathrow strike threatens chaos
Passengers at Heathrow airport could face 12-hour delays next week when immigration officers go on strike over pensions, airlines are warned.

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