Media Watch – June 26 (pm)

By on 26/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

A showcase to the world (Birmingham Mail 26 June) Local government officers from across the world are visiting  Birmingham to discover how once-failing services have been transformed.  Quotes from the Leader, Cllr Whitby, and Cllr Ian Ward.

Tata: First Trading Loss for 18 years (BBC Midlands Today Lunchtime News) Yet another sign of the global downturn.  The question was asked  ‘where is the £3.5 million loan promised by the EU’.

LDV drop a bomshell: Cash crisis: Van warranties will not be honoured (Birmingham Mail 26 June)  A new LDV jobs crisis was sparked today after more than 230 dealers and suppliers owed millions of pounds by the Birmingham company were told no warranties would be honoured.

Motorist survey: Birmingham branded one of UK’s worst spots (Birmingham 26 June) A survey by Virgin Money Poll found that Birmingham is seen  as one of the the UK’s worst locations for drivers.

Regional Headlines

Borough history tells a new story (Birmingham Mail 26 June)  A book chronicling the history of Dudley has been launched from the historic heart of the town – its medieval castle.

Eminent MPs are honoured (Birmingham Mail 26 June) Plaques honouring two distinguished Sandwell politicians were officially unveiled along the town’s bypass:  Lord Peter Archer who died in 1968 and local MP John Horner who died in 1967.

RAC operations control centre near Walsall celebrates 20th Anniversary. (Birmingham Mail 26 June)  The iconic landmark building on the M6 has handled 46,851,000 phone calls and dispatched patrols to 27,324,000 breakdowns.

National Headlines

Swine Flu: Govt advised to step up treatment level (Birmingham Mail 26 June) With a total of 1,358 people affected by the H1N1 virus in the West Midlands, Britain’s chief medical officer say there were too many cases to continue with a ‘containment’ approach. 

Continued coverage about the deaths of both Michael Jackson and also Actress: Farah Fawcett of ‘Charlie’s Angel’ fame.

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