Media Watch – June 12 (pm)

By on 12/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£15,000 bonus for councillors (Birmingham Mail, June 12) Further coverage of the news that four city councillors are to be paid for their roles as non-executive directors of the NEC Group.

Swine flu hits eighth city school (Birmingham Mail, June 12) Two cases of swine flu have been reported at George Dixon secondary school, which is still open to pupils.

Run set for a record entry (Birmingham Mail, June 12) In less than 24 hours a total of 1,000 people have signed up for the Birmingham Half Marathon. Organisers from the city council predict that last years entry total of 9,000 will be easily beaten.

School sex clinic to curb pregnancy (Birmingham Mail, June 12) Continued coverage of government plans to build at £5million youth centre at Stockland Green Technology College. A separate story covers concerns from residents living near the site that claim the plans will shatter their privacy.

Beaten for over-eating (Birmingham Mail, June 12) The jury at the trial relating to the murder of Khyra Ishaq has heard that her mother’s partner allegedly threw toys into a bin and hit children in his care if he thought they had eaten too much. The trial continues.

Back to the coalface for cares chief (Birmingham Mail, June 12) Peter Hay, strategic director for Adults and Communities, went “back to the floor” to visit a number of service users as part of Natonal Carers Week.

Allotments cash pruned (Birmingham Mail, June 12) Repairs and maintenance at city allotments will be limited to emergencies only after the funding pot was cut from £80,000 to £30,000 annually.

Regional Headlines

Angry LDV worker confronts Minister Peter Hain, accusing government of not doing enough to save LDV, as BBC Question Time filmed in Birmingham. “You may have forgotten us, but at the next election, we certainly will not forget you.” (BBC Midlands Today).

West Midlands UK worst hit swine flu region with 174 confirmed cases. (ITV Central News).

Speculation whether singer Susan Boyle will appear at the Britain’s Got Talent live tour at the NIA tonight. (ITV Central News).

Baggage handlers at Birmingham International Airport could strike this summer after bosses said they would not be able to provide previously agreed pay rises to workers (Birmingham Mail).

West Bromwich Building Society has saved itself from collapse after striking a deal with debtors (Birmingham Mail).

National Headlines

A woman accused of murdering UK student Meredith Kercher tells her Italian trial she felt “under pressure” from police to name a suspect.

Three men are given life sentences for murdering 16-year-old Ben Kinsella in a “cowardly” knife attack in north London.

Hazel Blears has said she regrets “enormously” the timing of her shock resignation and mocking Gordon Brown’s YouTube video.

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