Media Watch – August 18 (am)

By on 18/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

I insist on an apostrophe, says Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells (The Times, August 18, page 5) A resident of Tunbridge Wells has begun painting apostrophes on road signs in his area after becoming fed up with a lack of punctuation. A spokesperson for the area's council says they aren't following Birmingham's recent decision to drop apostrophes from its signs.

Bees got stung by bad politics (Birmingham Post, August 18, page 2) Editorial comment looking at the problems that are being faced by Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club after Solihull Council refused permission for housing on their existing site as a way of unlocking vital funding. By way of comparison, positive reference is made in Birmingham City Council's support for Warwickshire County Cricket Club's revamp plans.

Driveway stalker gets five-year loitering ban (Birmingham Post, August 18, page 13) Further coverage of the five-year ASBO that has been given to 42-year-old Kings Heath man James Doyle following a two-year “campaign of terror” against women in South Birmingham. Cllr Ayoub Khan quoted in support of the court's decision.

Marketing guru's perfect platform to promote Midlands (Birmingham Post, August 18, page 38) John Bright column, in which it is claimed that it “seems compulsory” to have the name Deborah or Debra to win any PR business in the public sector. Reference is made to a host of PR professionals in the region with the name, including the council's Debra Davis and Deborah Harries.

Jamaica deal to train in Birmingham for 2012 Olympics (BBC Radio WM,,, August 17) Further coverage of the news that the Jamaican Track and Field team will train in Birmingham ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. Council Leader Mike Whitby interviewed on BBC WM.

Regional Headlines

A Birmingham woman has launched an emotional appeal to be reunited with her two sons after they were taken by their father to Syria against her wishes (BBC Radio WM).

Delays of two years are predicted for the Avon Plaza project, which is set to regenerate the centre of Cannock (BBC Radio WM).

Health bosses have been criticised for putting collection points for swine flu medication at two libraries in Solihull (Birmingham Post).

National Headlines

Voting cards are being offered for sale in Afghanistan as the presidential election approaches, an investigation finds.

Seven US senators write to the Scottish justice secretary to urge him to keep the Lockerbie bomber behind bars.

Students starting university courses this autumn can expect to graduate owing more than £23,000, a survey suggests.


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