Media Watch – Oct 6

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Economic benefits of Conservative Conference (BBC WM) Marketing Birmingham’s Ian Taylor interviewed on revenue generated by the ongoing event in Birmingham. It is hoped this year’s event will top the £15million generated by 2008’s event.

Road closed over smell (Birmingham Mail) Part of Lionel Street in the city centre was closed during rush hour yesterday following a suspected chemical incident. The Birmingham Resilience Team were involved and no casualties were reported

Minister in ‘Home Rule’ Mayor call (Birmingham Mail) Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has said that city’s such as Birmingham will be able to break free of central government control and become more powerful under proposals he is supporting.

Bumper stock of winter grit (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands councils including Birmingham have taken on board lessons learnt during last year’s extreme winter weather and begun taking deliveries of grit.

Film tackles foster care shortage (Birmingham Mail) A hard-hitting film is set to be screened in GP surgeries as part of the council’s effort to tackle a shortage of foster carers.

Kevin McLeod interview (BBC WM – Paul Franks Drivetime show, BBC Midlands Today) Popular broadcaster interviewed on Birmingham’s architecture, stating he is a fan of the city.

Regional Headlines

Continued widespread coverage of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Two dentists who defrauded up to £25,000 from Midland patients and the NHS have been jailed for more than four years.

National Headlines

Blast near UK embassy in Yemen
An explosion has taken place near the British embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, reports say.

Red Sox owners to buy Liverpool
Liverpool FC are to be sold to the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, it is claimed.

Light drinking ‘no risk to baby’
Drinking one or two units of alcohol a week during pregnancy does not raise the risk of developmental problems in the child, research suggests.

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