Former MI5 head Eliza Manningham Buller takes hotseat as guest editor of Today programme on Radio 4
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
After months of concern over interference in the media by the intelligence services, the BBC has invited the former head of the security service MI5 to be guest editor of the Today programme.
But Eliza Manningham Buller will use the one-day editorial opportunity to investigate the use of an espionage tool associated with a less technological age - the pigeon. The former MI5 director general will also examine the subject of urban design with architect and designer Thomas Heatherwick.
As part of Today's annual experiment with guest editors, the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners Lee will also take the helm at the programme for a single day. He will examine future threats to a free and open web, asking listeners to contribute views on what they want from the Internet in future.
This year's other guest editors are the musician PJ Harvey, Michael Palin and the group chief executive of Barclays Antony Jenkins.
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