Media Watch – Jan 14 (pm)

By on 14/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Ongoing snow/gritting/school closures coverage

Gravediggers tied up at gunpoint (Birmingham Mail, Page 1-2; Express & Star, Page 1) An armed gang took three graveyard workers hostage before using their digger to steal thousands of pounds from a Birmingham bank.

Brum deal on Hustle (Express & Star, Page 1) Screen WM confirmed that the deal to bring BBC TV show “Hustle” to be filmed in Birmingham will bring £1.2m to the city.

Palvika opens shop after winning stars' approval (Express & Star, Page 7) A fashion designer from Bearwood, whose admirers include Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey, has opened her flagship store in Birmingham city centre, with help from the council's Retail Development Programme.

Regional Headlines:

US chocolatiers Hershey are set to enter the bidding war for Birmingham confectioner Cadbury.

Forecasters warn that flash floods could hit the West Midlands as the big freeze thaws.

Meanwhile, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has warned that the adverse weather conditions of the past week may have cost the local economy an astonishing £10m per day.

West Bromwich Crematorium is replacing its existing facilities with extra-wide furnaces in order to cope with ever larger coffins.

National Headlines:

Tony Blair's former director of communications, Alistair Campbell, has been attacked for suggesting that Clare Short was barred from key meetings over Iraq because she could not be trusted.

Health minister Mike O'Brien has made a formal apology in the House of Commons to the victims of the thalidomide scandal.

Oxfordshire police officers filmed using riot shields to sledge down a snowy hill while on duty have been reprimanded.

The author of a report into the breeding of pedigree dogs, co-funded by the Kennel Club, has called for sweeping changes among breeders to improve the health of the animals.

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