Media Watch – Sept 25

By on 25/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Birmingham taxi driver scandal: 114 cabbies with criminal pasts granted council licences (Birmingham Mail, front page lead and continued on page 6) Story following an FOI request about Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers granted licences after disclosing criminal records

Birmingham’s Grand Central opens (BBC online, lengthy article with photos) An estimated 54,000 people flocked to the opening of Birmingham’s Grand Central shopping centre

Grand opening for a shoppers’ paradise (Birmingham Mail, double-page spread (4&5) with photos) Article marking the opening of Grand Central, with quotes from Sir Albert Bore

Miracle on New Street: Birmingham’s £600m, 1,000-job transformation (Independent, page 17 lead and The I, page 15) Feature on the opening of New Street station and Grand Central quoting Sir Albert Bore

John Lewis at the centre of retail revival (Daily Mail, page 80) Continuing coverage of the opening of Grand Central)

Rugby World Cup and Super September coverage (South African Broadcasting Corporation) Cllr Ian Ward interviewed prior to the weekend’s fixture between South Africa and Samoa

Councils facing ‘tipping point’ over future services collapse (Municipal Journal, front page) Stark warnings have been issued by big city councils that they could fail to provide statutory services in the wake of government cuts. Quotes Birmingham City Council chief executive saying pressure on councils to draw up plans for devolved powers has highlighted the issue of shortage of money

Council ends Carillion venture (Municipal Journal, page 7 ‘in brief’) Birmingham City Council is poised to end its energy efficiency joint venture with Carillion. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted

Scrum on down for fun at Brum’s very own fanzone (Birmingham Mail, page 3 lead) A Q&A type of article on what is available to the Rugby World Cup fanzone at Eastside Park

M6 Toll charges may be axed in devolution bid (Birmingham Mail, page 8 lead) Charges on the M6 Toll could be axed as part of moves to hand the Midlands more powers from Whitehall. Quotes Sir Albert Bore

Search is on for team to restore historic city hall (Birmingham Mail, page 26 lead) The search is on for people to serve on the newly-formed Highbury Heritage Trust to manage Highbury Hall and Gardens. References the city council as sole custodian of the hall and estate

LGBT community tackles violence in the home (Birmingham Mail, page 38) Short article on a new campaign supported by the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership to support people from the LGBT community suffering from domestic violence

Super September gives city something to shout about (Birmingham Mail, page 45) Article in the business section about the major events happening in the city this weekend. Quotes Sir Albert Bore

Battle to end 120-year-old ban on booze (Birmingham Mail, page 9 lead and BBC WM) A newsagent is at the heart of a battle to break Bournville’s 120-year booze ban. The application to become an off-licence will be heard next week by the city council’s licensing committee

Regional Headlines:

It’s been a hoot, but time’s nearly up for winged wonders – The popular Big Hoot owl sculptures are due to leave the city after this weekend

National Headlines:

Saudi king orders Hajj safety review – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca

UK to launch vehicle emissions probe – The UK is to launch its own investigation into vehicle emissions testing, following the VW scandal in the US


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