Media Watch – July 11

By on 11/07/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix at the new look Alexander Stadium.

City to get new network (Birmingham Mail) The next generation mobile phone network, designed to provide superfast broadband, will be rolled out across Birmingham under plans set to be agreed by the city council today

‘Exploding’ phone chargers seized (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council Trading Standards officers have seized thousands of potentially deadly mobile phone chargers from a Birmingham warehouse.

Ban pastor rally plea to council (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) City Council leader Mike Whitby has been urged to cancel a planned rally led by a controversial American pastor.

Birmingham says it can cope with £2bn debt (Municipal Journal) Birmingham City Council has played down concerns over its ability to cope with rising debt levels after the authority revealed it was £2bn in the red at the end of the last financial year.

Unions threaten more action (Inside Housing) Birmingham City Council has accused unions of misrepresenting the scale of strikes in its housing department.

Regional Headlines

Severe fire at shopping precinct
Fire investigation experts visit the scene of a severe fire in a shopping complex in the West Midlands.

Car pursued by police hits house
A car being followed by police following a burglary crashes into a house in Hampton-in-Arden, West Midlands.

Chemical car deaths ‘identities’
Police identify two men, including one from the West Midlands, who were found dead inside a car in North Lincolnshire which had warnings on the outside about dangerous chemicals.

National Headlines

Hunt seeking advice on BSkyB bid
The culture secretary is seeking fresh advice on News Corp’s takeover bid for BSkyB, amid the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Southern Cross set to shut down
Landlords owning all 752 Southern Cross care homes decide to leave the group, but say they will continue to provide care.

PM to unveil public services plan
Prime Minister David Cameron is to unveil his public services blueprint, to end the “take-what-you’re given” culture and put “power in people’s hands”.

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