Media Watch – Sept 7 (am)

By on 07/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Widespread coverage of Saturday’s protest clashes (Independent, Times, Mirror, Morning Star, Birmingham Post, Sunday Mercury, Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Herald, Telegraph, Guardian, BBC, BBC WM) Cllr Alan Rudge interviewed on Phil Upton’s breakfast show (WM)

Whitby blocks new business (Birmingham Post) Tory Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby is trying to stop a small business from opening in his Harborne ward – for the second time this year. There is also a comment piece.

Centre backs slower rail spur into city (Birmingham Post) Centre has backed plans for a high speed rail link to stop in Birmingham city centre – via a slower spur off the main high speed line.

Yummy Brummies (Sun) Promotion of Gardeners’ Weekend – in particular Credit Munch garden.

First of city’s academies open (Birmingham Post) The first of eight academies being created in Birmingham opened their doors to pupils for the first time today.

Regional Headlines

Kraft in £10.2bn move for Cadbury 
US giant Kraft Foods has proposed buying UK confectionary firm Cadbury in a £10.2bn ($16.7bn) move.

Rail bosses and unions to meet 
London Midland bosses say they will meet unions to discuss the cancellation of all but one of the company’s Sunday services because of a lack of drivers.

Police find missing woman’s body 
Police have confirmed a body found during a search is that of a missing postal worker. Christine Fletcher, 57, from Kingswinford, in the West Midlands, had been missing since 25 August when she did not arrive for work.

Market stalls open for business 
A West Midlands market which closed in May after 40 years of operating has reopened. Brownhills Market closed when the number of traders fell so much it could not carry on trading.

National Headlines

‘U-turn’ for PM on Libyan pay-out 
Gordon Brown has confirmed the UK will support compensation claims being made against Libya by IRA victims’ families.

Congestion cut ‘due to recession’ 
Congestion in the UK has dropped by almost a third in two years because of the recession, according to research.

Jockey death flats to be searched 
Forensic experts are to carry out a detailed examination of the flats where two apprentice jockeys died in a fire.

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