Media Watch – 15 August

By on 15/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Peace Rally (Across all media) Extensive coverage across local, regional and national media of Birmingham peace rally. Families of bereaved call for calm and unity across ethnicities as thousands attend. Cllr Whitby quoted throughout highlighting the multi-cultural traditions of Birmingham and speakers at the event.

Library users viewing porn (Sunday Mercury) Sunday Mercury journalists find they are still able to 'easily' access pornographic material via library computers despite firewalls in place to prevent such material being accessible. BCC spokesperson says we have highly robust security measures in place and welcome any info on where there may be improvements that can be made.

Tenants start to lose council homes (Daily Telegraph, Saturday) Report of first council tenants, in Manchester, losing their council home as direct result of being involved in looting. Cllr Lines quoted saying there will be no soft option and we will get rid of tenants in Birmingham.

High Street Stores oppose New Street plans (Business Insider, Businessdesk.com) Argos and House of Fraser have submitted objection letters ahead of planning committee on New Street Southside this Thursday (18th).

Regional Headlines:

F1 Legend Walk of Stars (Birmingham Mail) More than 12,000 motor racing fans said to have flocked to Broad Street for Nigel Mansell induction into the Walk of Stars.

Trio in court of riot murders (Birmingham Mail) Two men and a youth due in court this morning (Monday) over murders of the three men killed on Dudley Road during riots.

Post riot analysis (various media) Continuing analysis and discussion on the deeper rooted social issues in big cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester which may have caused the riots last week.

National Headlines:

PM to order a review of how to 'fix broken society'

Government and police continue to clash over how policing operation was run during riots

Six die in Jersey knife attack

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