Media Watch – Sept 20

By on 20/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Birmingham’s £205,000-a-year council chief to retire (B'ham Mail) Birmingham City Council's £205,000-a-year chief executive is to retire after eight years in the role - prompting a shake-up of senior management. Stephen Hughes will retire at the end of February 2014.

New Homes built for army medical staff (B'ham Mail) Military medical staff caring for wounded soldiers, sailor and airmen at Birmingham's Queens Elizabeth are to receive 64 purpose-built homes.

Lapdance clubs lose right to hand out flyers (B'ham Mail) Two lapdancing clubs have been blocked from handing out saucy flyer touting for trade. A council committee heard that both venues floated the conditions of their licence in the past.

Power to the people (The Sun) Birmingham City Council's is planning to enter the energy market in a bid to deliver cut-price fuel to locals.  Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Drivers 'being ripped off' by £30m monthly parking fines (National media) Eric Pickles yesterday seized on research showing that British motorist pay more than £30 million each month in parking fines. Birmingham City Council and other councils featured in the piece.

Bailiffs used by councils in £1.8m cases (Credit Today) Local authorities in England and Wales referred 1.8m cases to bailiffs in the past 12 months. Birmingham City Council and other councils featured in the piece.

Regional Headlines

Former Sandwell Grammar School site fire ‘arson’
About 55 firefighters tackled the blaze at the former Sandwell Grammar School site on High Street in West Bromwich.

Daniel Pelka death exposes Polish integration challenge
A report into the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka from Coventry found he went unnoticed by the professionals he came into contact with.

National Headlines

Damian McBride reveals smears against Brown’s rivals
Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor has revealed how he routinely tried to discredit the ex-PM’s rivals by leaking stories about them to the press.

Cyber-blackmailers ‘abusing hundreds of UK children’
Hundreds of British children are being blackmailed into performing sex acts online, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has warned.


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