Media Watch – August 26 (am)

By on 26/08/2009 in Media Watch

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Production set to be suspended at Longbridge (BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio WM, August 25-26) Speculation is mounting that MG is set to suspend production at its Longbridge plant during the winter months.

High speed rail announcement due (BBC Radio WM, August 26, 7.10am) Network Rail are set to make an announcement today on their views relating to a high speed cross country rail network. Presenter Phil Upton stated the city council faces a dilemma over the issue of where any route should stop locally - given its strong support for the New Street revamp and its position as a Birmingham Airport shareholder, the two possible locations for stops for any such route.

Moseley buskers ASBOs (Washington Post, LA Times, New Zealand Herald) Stateside coverage of the recent decision to give two Moseley buskers ASBOs following complaints relating to a host of issues including the repetitive playing of just two songs by Oasis and George Michael.

Green project to bring lower heating bills for residents (Birmingham Post) Manton House and Reynolds House in Newtown are set to be joined to a Combined Heat and Power system that will provide more efficient methods of heating.

Brum turns down plea to create elected mayor (Birmingham Post) Councillors have opted to retain the current system of a council leader and cabinet at the latest meeting of the authority's Council Business Management Committee.

'Hideous' car park plan is revamped (Birmingham Post) Further coverage of the altered plans for a new multi-storey car park in Eastside.

Residents unite in fight to restore swimming baths (Birmingham Post) Continued coverage of the formation of a new community group to restore swimming provision in Sparkhill.

Regional Headlines

Hall Green MP Steve McCabe has said he would oppose the ban of any demonstration by campaigners against Islamic extremism in Birmingham on the basis it would give the protesters a chance to say they were being victimised (Birmingham Post).

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood has dismissed Conservative claims that life in parts of inner city Britain is like an episode of The Wire (Birmingham Post).

National Headlines

Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy, the brother of ex-President John F Kennedy, has died at the age of 77, after a long battle with a brain tumour.

Investigations have begun into “large-scale trouble” at West Ham’s Upton Park ground during a football match against Millwall.

Police have promised a low-key approach to planned climate change protests this week to avoid trouble that flared during the G20 summit.

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