Media Watch – June 29 (pm)

By on 29/06/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Whitby was close to breakdown (Birmingham Mail) Leader reveals he almost suffered a breakdown through over-work after taking control of the local authority. Long hours and demands of reforming services blamed.

Tory Osborne backs £193m new library (Birmingham Mail) Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says new design for Birmingham library is just what's needed to put city on world architectural map.

Regional Headlines

Euro loan deal 'crucial for JLR' (Birmingham Mail) Deal on research and development for Jaguar Land Rover needs to be struck by the end of summer - or firm could suffer same fate of MG Rover.

College's regret at not getting funds (Birmingham Mail) Christine Braddock, principal of merged Matthew Boulton and Sutton Coldfield College vows to continue with plans for new £42 million campus after failing to get funding green light from Learning and Skills Council.

BBC Midlands Today: Jaguar Land Rover opens first dealership in Mumbai, India. Tata boss says time is right for premium car market in the country. Land Rover workers interviewed welcome new business.

BBC Midlands Today/ITV Central/Birmingham Mail: 17-year-old boy struck by lightning over the weekend in Small Heath Park critically ill in hospital. He suffered severe burns and a heart attack when he was struck while sheltering from rain under a tree.

BBC Midlands: Pub closures now more than 50 a week and West Midlands region is the worst hit. Result of declining business with total beer sales down by nine million pints since 1979. Former industrial areas worst hit - Dudley South worst regionally, with more than a quarter of pubs closed in last four years.

 ITV Central: Prosecution concludes in Khyra Ishaq case at Birmingham Crown Court. Defence due to start this afternoon.

National Headlines

Brown to unveil policy vision
Iran frees five from UK Embassy
Mortgage approvals still rising



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