Media Watch – June 24 (pm)

By on 24/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Cricket club liars, says MP (Birmingham Mail, 24 June)
Warwickshire County Cricket Club have dismissed claims made by Roger Godsiff MP that permanent floodlights are not needed at Edgbaston. The comments follow remarks made by Mr Godsiff in Parliament, in which he added that the council shouldn’t loan the club £20million unless retractable lights were part of the revamp plans.

Landlord to fight on over noise row (Birmingham Mail, 24 June)
Rainbow landlord Kent Davis has said he is upbeat for the future despite the ongoing issues over noise levels at the venue. His comments come after Cllr Martin Mullaney said he was no longer supporting The Rainbow’s cause after an online argument with another pub’s landlord.

City to build on India ties (Birmingham Mail, 24 June)
Birmingham is to lead the way nationally on forging stronger business links with India. The council-backed initiative will see a conference held in Delhi in October.

LDV bidding war to begin (BBC Midlands Today, 24 June, 1.30pm)
As today’s deadline for initial bids to buy the vanmaker looms, it is reported that there have been 50 expressions of interest.

Regional Headlines

A Druids Heath man has died after a street attack, believed to have taken place in the Selly Oak area of the city (Birmingham Mail, Central News).

Actress Mia Farrow has criticised the British and American governments for failing to halt genocide in Darfur. The comments were made during her visit to Birmingham for the Rotary Convention (Birmingham Mail).

Traders in West Bromwich say their businesses are on the verge of collapse due to the lack of progress on plans for a new Tesco store in the town (BBC Midlands Today).

Coventry Council has published its latest member expenses online (BBC Midlands Today).

Hospitals in Birmingham have urged people who suspect they have swine flu to not go along to their nearest A&E departments as efforts to tackle the virus continue (Central News).

National Headlines

A number of former detainees at the US-run Bagram military base in Afghanistan allege they suffered abuse and neglect.

A woman has taken legal action after claiming clothing firm Abercrombie & Fitch made her work in a stockroom because her prosthetic arm did not fit the shop’s image.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says the world economy is near the bottom of the worst recession in post-war history.

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