Media Watch – Aug 19

By on 19/08/2011 in Media Watch

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Funerals following Winson Green disorder (Extensive national and local TV, radio and print/web media) A public prayer service was staged at Summerfield Park before a private funeral service for the three men killed during last week's disorder in the city. Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley featured during Midlands Today's coverage.

Online book of condolence established (BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today) A web-based book of condolence has been created by the council and Service Birmingham for the three men killed in last week's disorder.

John Lewis wins in store wars (Birmingham Mail) Retailer John Lewis has been given planning permission to open an outlet as part of the New Street revamp, despite opposition from other big stores.

A record day for Brum (Birmingham Mail) City students once again make the grade, with another set of record-breaking A-level exam results. Cllr Les Lawrence quoted, congratulating pupils for their efforts.

Surge of support for market battle (Birmingham Mail) Further coverage of the campaign by city market traders, fearful for their future after the council said a relocation of the Wholesale Markets to Witton could no longer take place.

Brum's favourite free day out (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has been named as the West Midlands' most visited free attraction, according to new figures from Visit England. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.

Locals hit out over travellers (Sutton News) Residents have threatened to take the law into their own hands after travellers arrived at Froggatts Ride this week. The council has worked with the police to serve an eviction notice.

Regional Headlines

Calls have been made for the Home Secretary to consider banning American pastor John Hagee from appearing in Birmingham this weekend.

Birmingham City FC drew 0-0 with CD Nacional in their first major European fixture in half a century.

Traffic on the Bristol Road ground to a halt last night after a trailer overturned - shedding bales of hay.

National Headlines

Suicide attackers storm the British Council office in the Afghan capital Kabul, taking over the compound where an hours-long gunfight is continuing.

The prison population in England and Wales has been rising by more than 100 a day as courts process cases of rioting and looting, prison governors say.

The UN is to send a humanitarian mission to Syria on Saturday to assess the situation there, as Damascus repeats claims that army operations against protesters have stopped.

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