Media Watch – July 22 (pm)

By on 22/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Freedom Parade (SKY News, BBC WM, Birmingham Mail, Midlands Today, commercial radio)
Coverage of freedom parade honouring return of West Mids Gunners from Iraq and Afghanistan, used as background on national news for Gordon Brown being interviewed about lack of military equipment available to troops.

Council efficiency hitch (Birmingham Mail)
Man in charge of Business transformation (Glyn Evans) admits Business Transformation has been poorly communicated to staff in language too technical. But he says we are in the process of amending this.

City gets 400 extra sixth-form places (Birmingham Mail)
Over 400 extra places in education within Birmingham for 16/17 year olds to be created following announcement by Ed Balls.

Academy is 'on target' (Birmingham Mail)
Council confirms talks are on-going with a number of possible new sponsors for Harbourne Academy, to replace sponsor who pulled out last summer.

Tower bills wilt in green heat (Birmingham Mail)
Two tower blocks in Brindley place are to have Combined Heat and Power generators installed saving money and the environment in the long-term. Cllr Lines quoted stressing the importance of using such technology to reach Council's 2026 targets.

Regional Headlines

Homes evacuated in Moxley after fire at recycling plant sparks asbestos fears

Health officials in West Midlands said to be dealing with 1,000 swine flu calls a day, with 5,000 people in region believed to have confirmed cases

Bulldog Bash gets council go-ahead from Warwickshire County Council.

LDV sale could drag on until late summer before future is sorted

Police serve dispersal order in Quinton to tackle complaints about gangs congregating in the area ahead of the summer

Work on £13.5m homelessness centre in Erdington begins, run by Mercian Housing Association.

National Headlines

UK has enough helicopters claims PM despite Minister suggesting otherwise

Trial of Steven Gerrard for assault continues

HSBC fined £3m for losing customer personal data



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