Media Watch – Jan 20 (pm)

By on 20/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

We accept we need to improve (BBC Midlands Today) Director of Children's Services Tony Howell has defended the city's record on children's services to a committee of MPs.

More are dying on city roads (Birmingham Mail) Fewer people are being injured on Birmingham roads but more are dying according to new figures discussed at a Transport and Street Services Scrutiny Committee meeting. Between January and September 2009 there were 24 fatalities, compared to 22 for the same period in 2008.

Airport merges two terminals (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham International Airport is merging its two terminals as part of a £13million project which is designed to improve the experience of passengers when visiting the venue.

Absences blamed on swine flu (Birmingham Mail) A dip in performance in some services areas at the city council has been put down to people taking “precautionary leave” when swine flu was at its height, according to Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley.

Hat-trick win for website (Birmingham Mail) A website showcasing Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's world famous Pre-Raphaelite collection has scooped its third award just six months after being launched. Cllr Martin Mullaney is quoted.

Cllr John Lines appeared on Ed Doolan Show (BBC Radio WM) to discuss CCTV issue in Druids Heath tower blocks.

Regional Headlines

Continued extensive coverage of Kraft's proposed buy-out of Cadbury (Birmingham Mail, all broadcast media). Local Councillor Nigel Dawkins discusses presenting petition from local people to parliament (ITV Central News).

Continued coverage of the Khyra Ishaq trial at Birmingham Crown Court (Birmingham Mail).

Network Rail suspend signalman after death of woman at level crossing.

Dead body found in Oldbury could be missing Alzheimer's sufferer.

National Headlines

A businessman who was jailed for permanently injuring an intruder who attacked him and his family has been freed by the Court of Appeal.

The US Republican party’s shock win in the Massachusetts Senate race threatens to derail President Obama’s healthcare plan, it has been claimed.

The number of people unemployed in the UK has fallen for the first time in 18 months, down to 2.46 million, latest figures showed.

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