Media Watch – Aug 10

By on 10/08/2011 in Media Watch

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Disorder in Birmingham (All national and local TV, radio and print/web media) Extensive coverage of the second night of disorder in Birmingham. Three men have died after being in collision with a car on the outskirts of the city centre.

Don't jail teen rioters pleads schools boss (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Les Lawrence has said that he feels custodial sentences are not the right punishment for those found guilty of any disorder in Birmingham, adding that parents of under-16s should be punished alongside their children.

Leader's fears for 'status' of Brum (Birmingham Mail) Council Leader Cllr Mike Whitby has expressed concern at the damage which may be caused to the city's image by recent events.

Now for big clean up (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Timothy Huxtable joined representatives from across the political spectrum to support a community clean-up in Birmingham city centre yesterday, insisting that the city was open for business despite the disorder.

Business as usual vow from groups (Birmingham Mail) Two voluntary groups which lost more than £1millon in city council funding - Castle Vale Tenants & Residents Alliance and Merlin Venture - have vowed it is business as usual because they had robust operating models which took into account the fact that council funding was never indefinite.

Transparency call in mayoral bids (Birmingham Mail) Conservative deputy group leader Cllr Robert Alden has called for candidates hopeful of becoming Birmingham's first elected mayor to be transparent about their donations and finances.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham's Millenium Point cinema is to lose its IMAX branding and re-open under a new name as a “state of the art” digital screen.

A “highly organised” gang of three thieves has been jailed for a total of eight years and 11 months after admitting conspiracy to steal nearly £200,000 worth of fuel from petrol forecourts across the Midlands.

Khalid Mahmood MP has called for Birmingham Carnival to have its named changed back to its original identity of Handsworth Carnival after its successful return to Handsworth Park.

Edgbaston prepares to host the vital third test between England and India, which could see England gain the world number one test ranking status if they win.

National Headlines

European and Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher after the US said it would keep interest rates on hold until 2013.

There has been an alarming rise in attacks on medical facilities and personnel in conflict zones, the International Committee of the Red Cross warns.

The treatment of inmates at Wandsworth Prison was “demeaning, unsafe and fell below what could be classed as decent”, says to a government report.

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