Media Watch – July 8 (pm)

By on 08/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Girl's death sparks taxi safety call (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Coroner calls for compulsory use of restraints for wheelchair users in taxis following death of 14-year-old disabled girl. Birmingham's head of licensing quoted saying since 2003 new taxi drivers receive disability training. No one found to blame for death.

Swine flu: Health body 'too slow' (Birmingham Mail) Chris Smith, head of Welford School, the first school in the city to get swine flu, speaks out against the Health Protection Agency claiming it took them four days to react after he raised the alarm.

Regional Headlines

Rover inquiry results 'soon' (Birmingham Mail) Findings of four-year inquiry into collapse of MG Rover set to be published by end of the month, says Lord Mandelson. With accompanying story based on dossier compiled by Phoenix Four which claims Midland industry expert Lord Bhattacharyya undermined MG Rover. Lord Bhattacharyya denies the claim.

BBC Midlands Today: More coverage of Phoenix Four 'breaking silence' by publishing dossier which they claim dispels several myths about their part in the collapse of MG Rover. Among the claims is that Tony Blair wanted to save the car firm, but Gordon Brown blocked intervention.

BBC Midlands Today/ITV Central: Former Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Mark Meredith and two other men will not face prosecution over allegations surrounding the closure of a swimming pool. Crown Prosecution ruled police evidence not sufficient to provide realistic prospect of conviction.

BBC Midlands: Spotlight on campaign being run to highlight the one in ten independent retailers operating in Birmingham city centre. Posters have been put up in New Street and near Bullring as part of £20,000 campaign. Interview with Stan Hems of Kings Heath Business Association saying despite bad publicity earlier in the year, the suburb is now back on its feet.

 ITV Central: Prosecution concludes in Khyra Ishaq case at Birmingham Crown Court. Defence due to start this afternoon.

Sky News and Sky News website: Hi-tech scans on 1,700 year old Egyptian mummies at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery fail to crack mystery over metallic object lodged in remains.

National Headlines

Soldier dies as Afghan toll rises
Banks to face tougher regulation
Mortgage approvals still rising
Scientists claim sperm 'first'
'No fees degree' university plan
£6 million anti-teenage pregnancy programme led to more pregnancies

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