Media Watch – June 30 (pm)

By on 30/06/2009 in Media Watch

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City girl dies of swine flu (All national and regional newspapers, TV, web and radio) Continued extensive coverage of the death of Sameerah Ahmad, the six-year-old who died at Birmingham Children's Hospital last week. Sameerah attended Mayfield Special School and an inquest into her death was opened and adjourned this morning. A post mortem will be carried out today. Speculation as to whether she was first child victim of swine flu. Sameerah's health problems detailed and statement released from her head teacher.

Strip club dancers told to cover up (Birmingham Mail, June 30)
Dancers at Legs 11 have been ordered to cover up if they go outside to smoke. The stipulation is one of the matters due to be considered by licensing committee councillors when the club's licence comes up for renewal at a hearing tomorrow.

Cricket club loan to come with strings (Birmingham Mail, June 30)
More coverage of the council's decision to confirm its commitment to supporting Warwickshire County Cricket Club's plans for a revamp of its Edgbaston stadium.

Parents of city girl Khyra face retrial (Birmingham Mail, June 30)
A re-trial is set to be staged after the jury covering the case of Khyra Ishaq was discharged yesterday. Three members of the jury had been discharged due to illness and other personal problems.

Food fair provides a tasty triumph (Birmingham Mail, June 30)
Birmingham's first International Food Fair has been hailed a hit after attracting 250,000 visitors in just nine days.

The dynamic duo (24 Housing, July 1)
Feature article looking at the work done by Cllr John Lines and Elaine Elkington during their efforts to improve the city's housing services.

Regional Headlines

50+ creditors of LDV gather for breakfast meeting to see if, and when, they may get the money they are owed. LDV Administrators say it's too early to know if suppliers will get anything back. (BBC Midlands Today)

A teenager drowned in Worcester and a man in Staffordshire was struck by lightning as storms brought on by the warm weather hit the region yesterday (Birmingham Mail).

A barber believed to be one of the key figures in Birmingham's dog-fighting scene has been jailed for four months after being caught with three pit bulls (Birmingham Mail).

National Headlines

Lloyds Banking Group to axe 2,100 jobs

The UK economy contracted 2.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2009, its biggest decline in 51 years, the latest data shows.

A Yemeni airliner with more than 150 people on board has crashed in the Indian Ocean near the Comoros islands.

Alcohol may have caused the death of twice as many Scots as previously thought, an NHS study has found.

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