Media Watch – August 14 (am)

By on 14/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whitby hopes lightning Bolt will strike Birmingham (Birmingham Post, August 14, page 13) Council Leader Mike Whitby has met Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt in Berlin as part of the city's bid to host the Jamaican sprint team during the 2012 London games.

City council's £600,000 newspaper faces axe in costs row (Birmingham Post, August 14, page 14) The council's Forward newspaper, last published in June, may be permanently axed as spending on public pressure grows. A final decision is expected next month.

Councils transforming empty shops to keep high streets alive (Birmingham Post, August 14, page 15) Birmingham has been named as one of several local authority areas in the region that will receive a grant of more than £50,000 to help give boarded up shops a facelift during the recession.

Counting cost of spin doctors (Birmingham Post, August 14, page 19) Iron Angle weekly column, looking at council's use of external PR consultants, with specific focus on Terry Brownbill, who is working with the city's safeguarding children's board.

Early morning refuse collections (BBC Radio WM, Phil Upton Breakfast Show, 7.05am) Residents in Digbeth have complained after refuse collections at a sheltered housing scheme in the area took place just after 4am. Council spokesman Jeremy Shields interviewed, offering an apology on behalf of the local authority.

Regional Headlines

Midlands Today presenter Ashley Blake has been sacked by the BBC after being found guilty of an attack in which a boy was hit with a wooden pole (BBC Radio WM).

The FA Premier League's “fit and proper person” rule could block Carson Yeung's attempted takeover of Birmingham City FC (Birmingham Post).

National Headlines

David Cameron has weighed into a transatlantic row to defend the NHS after it came under fire by US critics of President Obama’s health reforms.

More than 390 people are believed to have been buried alive in the Taiwanese village worst affected by a massive mudslide Taiwan caused by a typhoon.

One of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is thinning four times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to new research.

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