Media Watch – June 28

By on 28/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Khyra’s mum in appeal bid (Daily Mirror, Sun, Sunday Mercury, Birmingham Mail) The father of tragic starved Birmingham girl Khyra Ishaq has branded an appeal against sentence by her killer mother Angela Gordon an ‘insult’.

Mass-ive costly of visit (Birmingham Mail) Taxpayers will help to pay for the Pope’s visit to Birmingham, the Catholic Church has admitted.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Steve McCurry exhibition (Independent on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Birmingham Mail, Art Daily)

A peek below the Floozie’s skirts (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at plans to overhaul the Victoria Square fountain.

Brum’s green committee (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM) Birmingham City Council’s efforts to deliver its Climate Change Action Plan is set to be fronted by a new committee of elected members.

City schools in academy move (Birmingham Mail) Two Midland schools have admitted they applied to become new academies – without consulting parents fully over the idea.

Fast food boss is fined over mouse droppings (Birmingham Mail) A takeaway manager has been ordered to pay out more than £2,000 after mouse droppings were discovered on the premises.

Dirty takeaway may be closed (Birmingham Mail) A Chinese takeaway boss could see her business shut down after health officers found beds where people had been sleeping next to raw chicken pieces.

30 ready to be academies (Birmingham Mail) Up to 30 Birmingham and Solihull schools could leave council control and become controversial academies.

£3.3 million city website ‘is still not good enough’ (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s new £3.3million website is not user friendly, has out of date content and does not project the real Birmingham, a watchdog committee has claimed.

Regional Headlines

Woman dies in ‘electric blanket’ fire in Birmingham
A woman is believed to have died after an electric blanket caught fire at a Birmingham house, West Midlands Ambulance Service said. She was found in a bedroom at the property in Woodthorpe Road.

Police use truck to monitor lorry drivers
Police in the West Midlands are using a truck to deal with motoring offences by lorry drivers.

Vandals damage trees at Walsall Arboretum
A Black Country council is appealing for information after vandals caused damage estimated at £8,000 to trees in an arboretum.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage of England’s World Cup exit.

G20 summit backs UK Budget, says David Cameron
World leaders at the G20 summit in Canada have backed the UK’s “tough but fair” Budget, David Cameron has said.

Osborne indicates incapacity benefits ‘to be cut’
The bill for benefits paid to people judged unfit for work will be reduced as part of plans to reduce the deficit, George Osborne has indicated.

NHS cuts ‘haphazard’, doctors say
Cuts in the health service are being introduced in a “haphazard” way which could harm patient care, the British Medical Association has said.

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