Media Watch – Sept 9 (am)

By on 09/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council’s new website is www. disappointing (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council’s new website was finally switched on yesterday and immediately attracted a storm of critical comment.

Council’s bewildering £2.8m website is a net letdown (Birmingham Post comment)

‘Industrial wasteland’ fear if Cadbury is sold (Birmingham Post) Cllr Neville Summerfield has warned Bournville could become an ‘industrial wasteland’ if a takeover of Cadbury is successful.

Radcliffe to run Birmingham Half Marathon (Times, Guardian, Sun, Telegraph, Mirror, Daily Record, Morning Star, Birmingham Post, BBC) Paula Radcliffe has been named in the Great Britain team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham next month.

City leaders ‘lack the will’ to ban protests by EDL group (Birmingham Post) Birmingham’s leaders have been accused of lacking the will to ban a demonstration in the city which led to violence and 90 arrests.

Cash windfall for charging points in electric car revolution (Birmingham Post) The electric car revolution in Birmingham has received a boost with the announcement of a multi-million pound cash windfall to install charging points throughout the city.
http://birminghamnewsroom.com/electric-car-plans-get-charged-up/electric-car-plans-get-charged-up/

City and airport need high-speed trains says leader (Birmingham Post) High-speed trains must stop at Birmingham Airport and in the city centre, city council leader Mike Whitby insisted last night.

£16m scheme brings back council houses (Birmingham Post) Council houses will once again be built in the West Midlands, as the Government announces plans for five new construction schemes today.

Regional Headlines

‘Confusion’ over swine flu school 
There was confusion over who decided whether a school at the centre of a swine flu outbreak should close, an investigation has found.

Two arrests after street shooting 
Two men have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a 29-year-old man was shot at close range in a Birmingham street.

Sunday pay deal for train staff 
London Midland bosses have said an agreement to increase pay for staff who work on Sundays will be reintroduced to keep trains running at the weekend.

Super jumbo comes to Birmingham 
The world’s largest commercial airliner is set to touch down at Birmingham International Airport.It will be the first time an Airbus A380 has landed in passenger service anywhere in the UK, other than London’s Heathrow Airport.

Report doubts Phoenix Four intentions – source
This week’s long awaited report into the collapse of MG Rover will cast doubt on the intentions of the Phoenix Four  from the moment they arrived at Longbridge, according to a source close to the case.

National Headlines

UK reporter freed in Afghan raid 
A UK journalist abducted in Afghanistan has been freed by Nato troops in a dramatic pre-dawn raid.

Ministers promise 2,000 new homes 
The government has given the go-ahead for 2,000 council houses to be built across England.

UK consumer confidence increasing 
UK consumers were more optimistic about the future than they have been in over a year, according to the Nationwide Consumer Confidence index.

UK employment market ‘recovering’ 
The UK jobs market is starting to show signs of recovery, according to a survey of recruitment agencies.

Planes ‘to reset climate targets’ 
The rest of the economy may have to make space for aviation emissions
The UK may have to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 90% by 2050 so the aviation sector can continue to grow.

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