Media Watch – September 18 (pm)

By on 18/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

End of Demos brings relief (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Salma Yacoob pleased following English Defence League's pledge never to return to the city and denies claims that she 'wound up' the Muslim community ahead of the controversial demonstrations.

Speedway must cut noise (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Brummies speedway owner Tony Mole vows to continue battle to keep club open following BCC planning committee's decision to allow racing at Perry Barr next season. Cllr Mick Sharpe quoted as pledging support.

Lighting up for holy festivals (Birmingham Mail) Visitors to Sparkbrook centre and the Balti Triangle will be greeted by festive lights celebrating Eid, Diwali and Christmas. Cllr Summerfield quoted.

Pool causing eco concerns (Birmingham Mail) Concerns that Brum's planned £58 million Aquatics and Leisure Centre in Ladywood will impact upon surrounding nature conservation and school playing fields, following planning committee members' visit to proposed site ahead of next month's application to approve being considered. Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn quoted.

'Free' swim under fire (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Peter Smallbone calls for review of Be Active free swimming scheme after he was charged to use a pool just weeks after its launch. Cllr Anita Ward also quoted.

It's a pirate's life for thee (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery promote Talk Like A Pirate day, with a programme of family events this weekend, including the chance to meet a Captain Jack Sparrow look-a-like.

Business start up advice (Radio WM) Interviews and feature discussing where entrepreneurs and start up businesses can go to get advice, including BCC.

Merger mystery (The Stirrer) “Puzzled parents are asking questions about the forced merger between two Birmingham schools - troubled Stockland Green Technology College and Arthur Terry in Sutton Coldfield”.

Viva la banana republic (The Stirrer) “Birmingham MP John Hemming is calling from an investigation into possible postal voting fraud at yesterday's Sparkbrook by-election. Respect held onto the seat by a margin of 271 votes - but 387 polling papers were rejected by election officers. Hemming said this morning: “I shall be writing to the police today, asking them to investigate”.
 
Regional Headlines:

Police release e-fit of cabbie Mohammed Arshad murder suspect.

6 hurt in city rush hour collision along Holloway Head and Bath Row.

Virgin Trains criticised for raising parking charges at its Midland stations by up to 50%.

National Headlines:

Royal College of Psychiatrists say government should act to protect young people from websites that promote anorexia.

HPA: White Post Farm in Nottinghamshire closed after 2nd person who visited contracts E-Coli.

Clashes in Tehran between security forces and reformists, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells an anti-Israel rally the Holocaust was a ‘lie’.

Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi releases dossier that he believes would have secured his release on appeal.

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