Media Watch – June 15 (am)

By on 15/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council officials rapped for not flying from BIA (Bham Post, 15 June) Council officials travelling abroad on official business have been criticised for failing to fly from Birmingham International Airport. But the criticism was swiftly rejected by the council which insisted it almost always used BIA.

BIA runway extension is not a panacea (Bham Post comment, 15 June) A city council scrutiny inquiry examination into the economic benefits to the region flowing from Birmingham International Airport highlighted an uncomfortable fact that has not been widely aired during the long running debate about extending the main airport.

Khyra Ishaq trial coverage continues nationally and locally.

One number to rule them all (Bham Post, 15 June) Birmingham City Council is planning to replace its 450 listed telephone numbers with just one. The customer service changes, which begin later this year, will be fully operational by 2012 and will save the taxpayer £321million over the next ten years.

We mustn’t give an inch to these lies (Morning Star, 15 June) Cllr Salma Yaqoob addresses the root causes fuelling the rise of the far-right BNP.

‘Insensitive’ pay rise for leaders (Bham Post, 15 June) Birmingham City Council leaders have been accused of insensitive behaviour at a time of economic hardship after they were awarded a  £15,000 pay rise to be non-executive directors of the NEC group

Regional Headlines

Mobile phone tycoon linked with move to save LDV
Billionaire businessman John Caudwell says he will approach administrators who are trying to find a buyer for LDV, which went into administration.

Nearly 40 extra swine flu cases
The West Midlands region has 39 of the 61 latest confirmed cases of swine flu across England.

Shopkeeper stabbed in chest
West Midlands Police have been carrying out forensic examinations
A shopkeeper in the Black Country was stabbed twice in the chest with a kitchen knife when he refused to hand over money, police have said.

National Headlines

Flu risk ‘still low’ after death

More tax powers urged for Scots

Men warned of greater cancer risk

Operators call for new rail lines

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