Media Watch – September 4 (am)

By on 04/09/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

End of the apostrophe (Daily Express, September 4, page 9) Preston City Council has “banned” apostrophes from street signs, following in the wake of other local authorities including Birmingham City Council.

HS2 chief hints at airport win in rail station battle (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 1) Sir David Rowlands, chairman of the High Speed Two study group has suggested that a parkway station near Birmingham International Airport is the best location for a regional stop should a high-speed cross-country rail line be developed.

Joining the dots (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 18) Agenda piece from Katie Teasdale, senior policy adviser with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, in which she puts the case for a high speed rail line, saying whatever location is chosen for a Birmingham stop must be the one that is best for business.

Chiefs allay fears of protest violence in city (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 12, BBC Radio WM) Police and council officials have pledged that it will be “business as usual” in Birmingham City Council despite plans for demonstrations by anti extremist groups tomorrow.

Police warning of drug gangs muscling in on new territory (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 13) Detective Inspector Matt Markham has told a city council scrutiny committee that there are signs that there is emerging gang activity in Hodge Hill.

Late and over-budget, but ready to click soon (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 14) The city council's new website could go live next week after a series of delays, it has been revealed. The delays are due to checks to finalise content. Cllr Ian Ward is quoted as saying that the delays bring into question the savings that have been forecast.

Teachers to get special training to minimise effects of next wave of swine flu (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 14) Jim McManus, Birmingham City Council's joint director of public health, has outlined the measures being put in place to ensure schools are prepared for swine flu as the new term begins.

Airport veers off message (Birmingham Post, September 4, page 19) Iron Angle weekly column examines the difference of opinion between the council and Birmingham International Airport on the issue of the high speed rail line. Article also looks at the city council's online press office, and its rebuttals to media coverage of council stories.

Regional Headlines

The consortium looking to buy Edgbaston-based National Express has made a “third and final” offer of £765million for the business (Birmingham Post).

Police investigating the murder of taxi driver Mohammed Arshad say they are pleased by progress made in their enquires following a BBC Crimewatch appeal (Birmingham Post, BBC Radio WM).

National Headlines

At least 90 people die in northern Afghanistan as Nato air strikes target fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban, officials say.

UKIP’s Nigel Farage is set to tell the party’s conference he is to stand down as leader, but will continue to lead its MEPs.

Pupils who receive help from teaching assistants make less progress than classmates of similar ability, a government-funded study suggests.


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