Media Watch – July 2 (am)

By on 02/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Possible bid to trademark the Birmingham Balti - coverage of the suggestion that BCC may investigate the possibility of trademarking the Balti as a Birmingham dish. The Times, Daily Sport, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail,Metro- London, The Scotsman and 21 other regional media orgs across the country. Interviews on national and local radio yesterday.

Sameerah Ahmad photo's (Daily Star, Daily Express, Birmingham Post, 2 July) photo's released of Sameerah, a former pupil of Mayfield School, who died at the weekend after contacting swine flu.  Also coverage of the opening of the inquest.

Dead Fish in lake at Brookvale Park (Radio WM, 9 a.m.) Richard Lodge, Head of Parks interviewed on Radio WM News about the pollution which caused the death of fish in the lake.  It is believed that the heavy rainfall caused drains to overflow, which then polluted the Rivers Trent, Tame and Anker and lakes and water courses in the region.

Rotarians' £25m lift to city coffers (Birmingham Post, 2 July) Marketing Birmingham say that the influx of 20,000 visitors to the conference was worth huge amounts of money to local hotels, shops, attractions and businesses - 20% more than was originally predicted.  Cllr Whitby said it was an honour to host the Rotarians in their 100th year and their presence helped to create a special atmosphere in the city.

Police fail in call for kebab shop bouncers (Birmingham Post, 2 July) Police have failed in an attempt to force a Birmingham kebab store owner to hire bouncers to deal with 'alcohol-fuelled' customers. The City's licensing sub-committee refused Police's request for door security staff at the Village Kebab House in Moseley, as they did not believe they were necessary, and there was no proof that troublemakers in the area were customers of the Kebab House.  The Comment piece says Council should have more powers to refuse late-night plans.

Regional Headlines

Serious crash closes M6 north bound at Castle Bromwich

Jury in the trial of 3 men accused of the murder of Isaiah Young Sam (former BCC IT worker) discharged after failing to reach verdict.

National Headlines

US opens 'major Afghan offensive' as 4000 troops, 650 local Afghan troops and Nato planes are deployed in Helmand province.

Government deny that the decision to shelve plans to sell part of the Royal Mail was taken because of a backbench revolt

New guidelines are being published urging schools to identify signs of forced marriages ahead of the holidays

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  1. Jon Bounds says:

    This would be really useful if you linked to the sources where they were online.

    • geoffc says:


      I agree in principle. The problem is that at the time we post this, quite a few of the articles referred to are not yet online.

      I’ll experiment with a half and half approach to see how that works.

      Thanks for the feedback.