Media Watch – June 17 (am)

By on 17/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued coverage of Khyra Ishaq trial.

Music pub’s noise ban prompts loud protest (Birmingham Post) The landlord of the Rainbow Pub has lashed out at the city council’s decision to serve a noise abatement order despite his pledge to spend thousands of pounds to soundproof the venue.

Shaping the future of our digital economy (Birmingham Post) Creative industries editor Anna Blackaby looks at the Digital Britain report. Digital Birmingham, the city council initiative to promote Birmingham as a digital city, welcomed the report and said it offered an opportunity for the city to extend the work it had already undertaken in the area.

Another three schools closed after swine flu  (Birmingham Post) More than half of the swine flu cases in the UK are now in the West Midlands after a further 124 new cases were confirmed last night.

Top council official joins ‘ £200,000-a-year club’ (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes has joined the £200,000-plus club of Britain’s best paid public officials.

Lib Dem leader refuses to accept £15,000 for NEC director role (Birmingham Post) Senior Birmingham city councillors are under pressure to turn down £15,000 payments for being directors of the NEC after the authority’s deputy leader said he would not accept the money.

Local councillors put faith in graduates (Guardian) Councils are setting up proprietary graduate schemes offering a broad range of training. In Birmingham, the city council’s graduate scheme will take applicants from outside the city but is only advertised in local newspapers and nearby universities.

Birmingham Post ‘Go Local’ supplement focusses on Harborne.

Regional Headlines

Double funding blow for schools and colleges (Birmingham Post) The worst fears of schools and colleges across the West Midlands were confirmed yesterday when both Schools Secretary Ed Balls and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said building plans faced major delays.

Large increase in swine flu cases (BBC)
Health chiefs say 124 new cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the West Midlands region. It brings the total number of cases in the region to 512 – more than half of the number of cases in England.

Leaflets to trace missing woman  (BBC)
Leaflets featuring a picture of a missing young woman are being handed out at a railway station in a bid to try and trace her.

Men injured in street shootings  (BBC)
Two men have been injured in a shooting incident in the West Midlands. The men, aged 18 and 19, were found with gunshot wounds to their legs in Albert Road, Aston, Birmingham, on Monday night.

National Headlines

Romanians flee homes after attacks (Belfast)

Clegg says no to Trident renewal

MP claimed for own firm’s flat (Brian Binley, Northampton South MP)

New protests over Iran elections

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