Media Watch – July 17 (pm)

By on 17/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage about H1N1 Swine Flu and the increase in people being diagnosed with it (TV lunchtime news, radio bulletins & Bham Mail)

Fury as councillors refuse to accept petition – 1500 call for MP to resign (Birmingham Mail 17 July) Campaigner have collected a 1,500-name petition calling for MP Khalid Mahmood to resign following revelations about his expenses.  The article said – when the petition was presented at the Perry Barr Constituency Committee meeting – a rep for the petitioners was told that it was not the right place to submit the document.

Lord Mayor hails Aston Hall £12.5 m revamp at preview event (Birmingham Mail 17 July)  Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Wilkes gave his official approval of the restoration – at one of the UK’s finest surviving examples of Jacobean architecture.  The Grade One building has been closed for 3 years while work was undertaken to restore it.

Central Lunchtime News:  In the Lench Green area of Edgbaston – this morning – a man was shot in his stomach.  He is currently in hospital and is said to be seriously injured.  West Midlands Police are investigating.

Drop in numbers checking Brum out  (Birmingham Mail 17 July) The Deloitte figures for the first six months of this year said Bham’s hotels were the third emptiest in the UK with an occupancy rate of 64.1.

1000’s of school children break up today for the summer holidays (BBC Midlands Today Lunchtime News)

Regional Headlines

Toyota has chosen Derby as their European site to build their new ‘Green’ model of an electric car (Central TV)  400 news jobs will be created.  A visit was made to the Derby plant by Lord Mandelson today.  Manager at the site said – Toyota has shown great confidence in Derby.

Jumbo joins party at Bham Airport (Bham Mail 17 July) Emirates will bring it “superjumbo” double-decker” aircraft for a one-off visit to Bham Airport’s 70th Birthday celebrations on 9 Sept 2009.

National Headlines

Continued coverage of military deaths in Afghanistan

British Airways Seek Emergency Funding

Iran appoints a new chief for the country’s nuclear programme



If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.