Media Watch (pm) Sept 11

By on 11/09/2009 in News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Four slated for Rover collapse (Birmingham Mail, page 1 plus all national and local media): Extensive coverage of Government report into collapse of MG Rover accuses Phoenix Four of making “personal gain” from the firm's demise. They made more than £40 million after buying the car plant for £1. Mail focuses on Lord Mandelson threatening to ban them from running a business.

Bore call for mayor vote (Birmingham Mail, page 7): Cllr Albert Bore calls for activists to start demanding directly-elected Mayor after ruling coalition rejected holding a referendum on this at Full Council. Birmingham Mail ran a campaign on this 18 months ago. Cllr Bore calls on residents to petition the City Council for elected Mayor.

'Boss in pools pledge (Birmingham Mail, page 19): Cllr Martin Mullaney pledges “massive investment” in city's swimming pools - including Sparkhill Baths which closed a year ago due to crumbling building.

Chief in pitch for cricket (Birmingham Mail, page 21): Birmingham-wide review of grassroots cricket is being launched to build on enthusiasm for the game following England's Ashes success during the summer. Cllr Martin Mullaney quoted saying time is right to examine pitch provision in Council parks.

School in drive to change status (Birmingham Mail, page 57): Aston Manor secondary school in Aston - a National Challenge school - is consulting over proposals to gain foundation status.

Regional Headlines

BBC Midlands Today/ITV Central: More coverage of 850-page Government report into MG Rover collapse, interviews with former employees about Phoenix Four's “unreasonably large financial rewards”. Richard Burden MP also interviewed (Midlands Today) saying it was right to support take over at the time, but questions now need to be answered. Government report concludes they did not actually break any laws.
 
BBC Midlands Today: Interview with Cllr Martin Mullaney about ArtsFest over the weekend urging people to visit biggest free arts festival in Europe.

National Headlines

Mandelson calls for Rover apology
MI6 in “torture probe” by police
Trucker guilty of strangling boss

US remembers September 11 attacks

News Releases Issued

Young people show how to make Birmingham healthier Group back from fact-finding trip to Sweden present to Liam Byrne and other civic and health leaders.

Best Bar None winners - Man on Moon in Kings Norton overall winner of annual award.

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