Media Watch – August 14 (pm)

By on 14/08/2009 in Media Watch

City boss meets Bolt in boost to 2012 Brum bid (Birmingham Mail, page 3)/Ed Doolan interview: Leader meets world's fastest man Usain Bolt during visit to Berlin to promote Birmingham as training camp for 2012 Olympics. Talks with Jamaican Minister for sports to encourage Jamaican national side to stay in Birmingham described as “very encouraging” by Cllr Whitby.

Boxing is helping beat the boredom (Birmingham Mail, page 18): Young people from Kingstanding taking part in a boxing summer camp in Aston over the summer. Programme involves Perry Barr Constituency and BCC's youth inclusion team. Development manager for project Panikos Panayiotou quoted as well as participant and police.

Council newspaper may close (Birmingham Mail, page 9): Forward could be “scaled back or closed” as part of a major review of council publications and communications. Debra Davis says at 7p per edition it was good value, but pressure on Council budgets means it may have to be cut.

That sinking feeling at the city council (Birmingham Mail, page 14): Hancock column featuring a picture of a sinking ship with BCC on it that was allegedly emailed to colleagues from someone in regeneration who is leaving. Column stresses it was not Clive Dutton.

John's only got a rough idea about the game (Birmingham Mail): Another Hancock column light-heartedly suggesting Cllr John Alden's apparent lack of golfing interest is an issue in his role as chairman of the leisure scrutiny committee looking into future proposals for municipal golf courses.

Pub to cut its hours (Birmingham Mail, page 15): Mountaineer pub in Kings heath has agreed to cut opening hours and turn down music noise level in wake of review on its licence called for by Cllr Nigel Dawkins.

Regional Headlines
 Midlands swine flu death hit 8 (Birmingham Mail, page 9): Another death brings the total in the region to eight. Regional director for public health Dr Rashmi Shukla quoted saying evidence suggests number of cases in West Midlands is falling.

Midlands Today: Spotlight on £1billion overhaul plans for 450 acre former Rover plant at Longbridge which are expected to create £10,000 jobs over next 10 - 15 years. Computer-generated visuals to go with it.

Midlands Today: Alert over Vietnamese catfish being used instead of sea-caught cod. Chippie in Kidderminster interviewed.

Central: Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Derby could benefit from £6 million Government funding help with recession.

National Headlines

NHS plans by MEP “unpatriotic”

Lockerbie bomber withdraws appeal

Antarctic glazier “thinning fast”


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