Media Watch – Sept 15

By on 15/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Woman guilty of 'Right to Buy' scam (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham woman who claimed a £46,000 discount to buy her council home, while living in a second home, has narrowly avoided being jailed. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

£36m shake-up of leisure facilities is given green light (Birmingham Mail and BBC Radio WM) Plans for a £36 million shake-up of Birmingham's leisure facilities - to include five rebuilt or new swimming pools - have been rubber-stamped. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward, who also spoke about the plans live on air on BBC WM.

Fine dining plan drawn up for 'Village' in Edgbaston (Birmingham Mail) Edgbaston will become a centre of fine dining under a new planning and regeneration policy issued by Birmingham City Council. Quotes Cllr Tahir Ali.

Pinch points improvement package (BBC Radio WM) Cllr Tahir Ali live on air talking about business case for package of improvements to pinch points, which is set to be approved by cabinet today.

The great Scots who made Brum (Birmingham Mail) Double page feature on Scots who helped build Birmingham over almost 250 years, includes Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore.

Regional Headlines:

Brum hotels voted UK's dirtiest Birmingham has finished at the bottom of a hotel hygiene league table based on the results of two million customer surveys, scoring 7.42 out of 10. However, Visit Birmingham disputes the findings, saying that Birmingham's visitor numbers are at an all-time high and that three-quarters of overnight visitors choose to return to the city.

Dee bows out of Celebrity Big Brother with warning for Cameron Deirdre 'White Dee' Kelly, who appeared in Benefits Street, finished fifth on Celebrity Big Brother - and issued a warning that she would give Prime Minister David Cameron a 'run for his money' when she appears at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event in Birmingham to discuss the Government's welfare and benefits policy.

National Headlines:

Hammond to discuss IS plans Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is due to meet foreign ministers from around the world at a summit in Paris to discuss plans to tackle Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.

Cameron and Salmond hit campaign trail British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond are due to hit the campaign trail ahead of Thursday's independence vote.

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