Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent.

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Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting

Olivia Colman and Mary Berry top Radio Times' female power list

Powerlist shows 'revolution' in TV gender roles

The BBC Trust may have found its saviour

News that Rona Fairhead is the Government’s preferred candidate as next chair of the BBC Trust has generally been well-received.

Hot off the press: A newspaper vendor in Fleet Street in 1955

The dizzying decline of Britain’s local newspapers: do you want the bad news, or the good news?

Twitter keeps historic brands relevant  to young readers

Julian Assange delivering a statement on the balcony at the Ecuador Embassy in 2012

When Google Met Wikileaks by Julian Assange, book review

Among the pioneers of the dark net was a character named “Proff”, who became an outspoken member of the cypherpunk mailing list around 1993. Proff was “a gifted young Australian called Julian Assange”, no less. In When Google Met Wikileaks, Assange makes a case for the dark net by suggesting that the open web site we all know best has sinister intentions. “Nobody wants to acknowledge that Google has grown big and bad. But it has,” he says.

The Dark Net:Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett, book review

The Dark Net, a fascinating and disturbing journey through the furthest recesses of the Internet, opens with a story of a young girl who seeks to build her self-esteem by parading naked online via webcam.

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in ‘The Front Page’, using an old tech typewriter

The Times' newsroom set to ring with the sounds of typewriters once more

Almost as if the digital revolution never happened, the newsroom of The Times once again resounds to the clatter of the old-fashioned typewriter.

Ian Burrell: Religion is a hot topic in the wider world but, with a few exceptions, television is sorely neglecting it

Religious coverage needs to go beyond the bizarre and the dangerous

Peter Paige and Scott Lowell in Queer as Folk (Season 5)

Channel 4 plots to shock with its new gay drama Cucumber

A batch of shows that 'wouldn't get past a US network' could give tofu sales an unexpected lift

Gary Lineker: Premier League tickets are 'ridiculously expensive'

Gary Lineker has criticised the price of tickets at Premier League games as "ridiculously expensive" and said the amount of money earned in television rights means clubs could charge afford to charge less.

Phil Lester, who has 1.2m for his Amazing Phil YouTube channel, was hired with Dan Howell on BBC Radio 1

Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

The BBC has moved to protect its young audience by hiring a series of YouTube "vloggers" to work for Radio 1 ahead of the proposed closure of the youth-orientated television channel BBC3.

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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering