Media Watch – Jan 7 (pm)

By on 07/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Minus 6… now for big freeze (Birmingham Mail) Motorists across the Midlands faced a fresh battle into work on treacherously icy roads today, amid fears over grit stocks.  Also Birmingham City council has warned of the dangers of attempting to walk or skate on any ice-covered park Lakes and ponds.  Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted.  Meanwhile extensive coverage has continued across local and national media, with Alistair Campbell (Highways) interviewed on WM for the third successive day. 

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Work starts today on city library (Express & Star, Radio WM, BRMB, Midlands Today, Central News) Council leader Mike Whitby kick-started the building work today, using a pile-driver to begin drilling foundations.  Leader also interviewed and quoted.

Police to probe nightclub “crush” nightmare (Birmingham Mail) Police are investigating chaotic scenes at Birmingham nightclub The Custard Factory's New Year's Eve Festival, as several revellers have complained that they were in fear of being crushed.

Job fears for park keepers (Birmingham Mail) Park keepers across Birmingham are to be equipped with “space age” technology worth £1.5m to help them do their job more efficiently.  Cllrs Martin Mullaney and Ian Ward quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Police have dealt with a number of road traffic collisions on the Midlands motorway network and major arterial routes this morning due to hazardous driving conditions.

A “balti battle” has broken out, with the organisers of the Midlands Curry Awards facing a legal challenge from the bosses of the British Curry Awards.

Historian David Starkey has given his backing to a campaign co-ordinated by London-based charity The Art Fund to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands.

Nearly 50 jobs have been lost at a cardboard factory Western Corrugated in Wolverhampton, after its parent company went into administration.

National Headlines:

Gordon Brown has dismissed the attempted challenge to his leadership as a “storm in a teacup.”

UK interest rates have been kept unchanged at 0.5% following the Bank of England's latest meeting.

Sir Ian Kennedy, the man in charge of overhauling MPs' expenses, has suggested that they might not have to stop employing relatives after all.

Controversial TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has announced that he will leave the BBC after thirteen years when his contract runs out this July.


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