Media Watch – Sept 7 (pm)

By on 07/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Top cop: Brum beat right wingers (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims has predicted that the right-wing protesters, who he said had sparked violent scenes in Birmingham would “run out of steam”. Widespread coverage of Saturday's events also includes comments from Cllr Alan Rudge, in support of the control of the protests.

Whitby's 'bizarre objection to café (Birmingham Mail) The owner of a bar chain that wants to open a venue in Harborne has branded Council Leader Mike Whitby's objection to the development in his ward as “bizarre” given the current poor state of the economy.

Swine flu phone-in (BBC Radio WM, September 7, Lunchtime show 1.15pm-2pm) A round-table discussion on swine flu, with Dave Hughes of School and Governor Support, representing the city council. Mr Hughes spoke about school closures being very much a last resort.

Regional Headlines

Organisers of Moseley Folk Festival are celebrating after a series of sell-out shows over the weekend (Birmingham Mail).

Further coverage of Brownhills Market, which successfully reopened after an extended period of closure (BBC Midlands Today, Central News).

Cadbury shares have surged 40 per cent after it rejected a £10.2bn takeover move from Kraft, sparking talk of a bidding war (BBC Website, Birmingham Mail).

National Headlines

The government is to make it easier for private sponsors to take over and run English state schools, in a bid to speed up its academies programme.

Japan’s next leader has promised a big cut in greenhouse gas emissions, saying he will aim for a 25 per cent reduction by 2020 compared with 1990 levels.

Sir Terry Wogan has announced he is to step down as presenter of BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show.



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  1. Igor Cusack says:

    Shame on you Councillor Whitby

    It was interesting to read that Councillor Mike Whitby’s was prepared to object to the new cafe in Harborne. Why then did he make no attempt at all to intervene when we, the residents of the Moor Pool estate, were recently faced with the application from developers to build in the midst of the open spaces of our Garden Suburb? I find this even more bizarre.

    Igor Cusack