Media Watch – Sept 12

By on 12/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council bid to ban payday loan firms (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Birmingham City Council is looking to ban or severely limit the activities of payday loan companies, which claims are exploiting the vulnerable for huge profits. Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore, quoted.

Commonwealth Games bid axed over high costs (B'ham Mail, B'ham Post) Birmingham has ended its interest in hosting the Commonwealth Games - with the city council admitting it simply did not have the cash. Deputy leader, Ian Ward, quoted.

Fears region lacks skills to keep up with Jaguar Land Rover (B'ham Post) Worried businesses and political leaders are creating a task force to transform skill levels in the region amid fears a huge Jaguar Land Rover expansion with 1,700 new jobs could stall. Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore, quoted.

Cremations 'to help city heat up swim pools' (B'ham Mail B'ham Post) Heat generated by the cremation of dead bodies could be used to keep Birmingham's public building warm.  The cash-strapped city council is considering the move in a bid to cut utility bills for its swimming pools and leisure centres. Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member Development, Jobs and Skills quoted.

New library celebrates visitor milestone early (B'ham Post) Feature on the new Library of Birmingham welcoming its 100,000 visitor.

Beauty spot hit by disease (B'ham Post)  The Lickey Hills has been shut down after a disease which devastates shrubs and trees was discovered there.

Family fun at leisure centre open day (B'ham Mail) Birmingham families can mix fun with fitness at an open weekend starting on Saturday 14 at the newly refurbished city council-run Small Heath Leisure Centre.

Launch for charity backed by Obama (B'ham Mail) Thousands of Birmingham's most disadvantaged children could be given the boost they need to succeed after a charity – City Year – backed by Barack Obama Launched in Birmingham. Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore, said I'm delighted to see City Year expand to Birmingham…”

Regional Headlines
Police hunt gunman who shot Birmingham car window out
Police are hunting a gunman who shot at a parked car in Birmingham.

Price of Football: Walsall offering free football to under-18s
Walsall continue to offer free football for under-18s as they bid to attract the younger generation of fans.

National Headlines
Royal Mail privatisation ‘in the coming weeks’
The BBC’s Ben Thompson: “If you look at its letters and parcels business, it reported a profit last year of £294m… because we’re all buying things online”

Sunday Mirror confirms phone-hacking investigation
The publisher of the Sunday Mirror is under investigation over alleged phone hacking, its parent company has said.


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