Media Watch – Feb 26

By on 26/02/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of Khyra Ishaq case (BBC, ITN, Sky News,Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Mirror, Independent, Times, Express, Sun, Star, Metro, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post online, Radio 5Live, BBC Radio4 WM, BRMB, Smooth, Heart)

Gordon Brown to blame for Birmingham council job cuts – George Osborne (Birmingham Post online) Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has defended Birmingham’s plans to axe 2,000 jobs – claiming Gordon Brown, and not the Tory-run city council, is to blame.

Baths refit hits a 3-year delay (Birmingham Mail) Swimmers face a wait of almost three years until Birmingham’s Sparkhill Baths can re-open, the city’s leisure boss has admitted.

This school is the tops (Birmingham Mail) In just four years a Sutton Coldfield primary has transformed itself from one of the biggest underachievers in the area to an ‘outstanding’ school.

Heritage plea over Edwardian centre (Birmingham Mail) A heritage watchdog has warned the city council that it would be losing another important part of its past if it sells off the Martineau Centre.

Prize for probe into swine-flu readiness (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s leading health watchdog (Cllr Deirdre Alden) has won a national award for investigating the city’s preparedness for swine flu.

New powers to boost fight against yobs (Birmingham Mail) Police have been granted a new yob-busters charter to help a community (Hockley) blighted by anti-social behaviour.

Further coverage of UK City of Culture shortlist.

Birmingham City Council’s show garden to feature helicopter (Horticulture Week) A suspended Chinook helicopter planted with shrubs will feature in Birmingham City Council’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show entry.

Regional Headlines

Lorry driver hanged himself after killing girl, nine 
A man who killed his fiancee’s daughter committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree, an inquest has ruled.

Widespead coverage of the build-up to Sunday’s Carling Cup Final as Aston Villa take on Manchester United.

National Headlines

Children ‘over-exposed to sexual imagery’ 
Children are being increasingly exposed to sexual imagery and their parents have limited opportunities to stop it, a report for the Home Office warns.

Real IRA admits to border killing 
The Real IRA has said it murdered a man who was found shot dead, stripped and bound in Londonderry on Wednesday.

UK house prices ‘lose momentum’, says Nationwide 
UK house prices fell for the first time in 10 months in February as icy weather put off house hunters, the Nationwide building society has said.

Charity Commission investigates bullying charity 
The Charity Commission is investigating the charity at the centre of a row over claims of bullying at Downing Street.

Lloyds Banking Group reports loss of £6.3bn for 2009 
Lloyds Banking Group has reported an operating loss of £6.3bn for 2009, after it continued to struggle with billions of pounds of bad loans.

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