Media Watch – September 16

By on 16/09/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Destination Birmingham (Independent supplement) With investment of £”bn coming to fruition this year and next, Birmingham is on fine form, with a range of world-class arts events, festivals and celebrations taking place over the next ”• 12 months. Birmingham i supplement

Best of Birmingham (Guardian supplement) Supplement promoting Birmingham as a great place to live and work.

Reformed Birmingham took back seat in creation of combined authority (Local Government Chronicle) Birmingham deliberately stood aside from leadership of the West Midlands Combined Authority as part of its attempts to become a more collaborative partner in the wake of criticism in Lord Kerslake’s review, it has emerged.

Birmingham agrees to take 50 Syrian refugees (Birmingham Mail pge 8 lead, BBC WM) Birmingham City Council will tell the Government that the city is prepared to take 50 Syrian refugees.

City Council rules out ‘busker ban’ (BBC WM) Cllr James McKay interviewed about the decision not to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order for parts of Birmingham city centre following a well-publicised public consultation.

Are retailers ready for new law on e-cigarette sales? (Big Centre TV) Jacqui Kennedy, Acting Strategic Director Place, interviewed about the new law on sale of e-cigarettes which comes into force next month.

Chamberlain Square plans draw a downcast response (Birmingham Mail pge 22 lead) Plans for Chamberlain Square have been branded sterile, cold and bland after new images were unveiled.

Vandals attack Big Hoot owl dedicated to love and peace (Birmingham Mail pge 9 lead) Vandals have attacked one of the Big Hoot charity owls which was decorated with messages of peace and love.

Set for Post-work Zumba session (Big Centre TV) Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, interviewed about plans for a post-work Zumba session on Victoria Square this evening (5pm) to promote the importance of fitting physical activity into busy lives.

Regional Headlines

Thomas O’Brien ‘accidentally crushed to death’ in bin lorry
A man who had been sleeping rough in a skip and was crushed to death when it was tipped into a refuse lorry, died accidentally, a coroner has ruled. Thomas O’Brien, 41, was found on a conveyor belt at a recycling plant in Small Heath, Birmingham, on 29 April.

Appeal after Joseph Stockton, 92, dies after bus makes emergency stop
Police want to trace a group of school children after a 92-year-old man died after the bus he was on made an emergency stop. Joseph Stockton was standing up ready to get off when the bus stopped suddenly in Sutton Hill, Telford.

National Headlines

Jeremy Corbyn to make debut at Prime Minister’s Questions
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to make his debut at Prime Minister’s Questions later, taking on David Cameron for the first time.

Royal Navy ‘could tackle people smugglers’ in Mediterranean
A Royal Navy warship could be involved in operations to target people traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea, the Ministry of Defence has said.


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