Ian Burrell

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

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BBC Trust role is no part-time affair

Applications for chairman of the BBC Trust closed on Friday. The change of rules to allow the chairman to give just two days a week to the role (instead of three to four) sounds like an attempt to woo Lord Coe, the Conservatives’ preferred candidate. Lord Coe is keen on becoming President of the International Association of Athletics Federations next year.

It was a brief World Cup for England fans

Three Lions make Brazil go nuts

I’ve just returned from the World Cup in Brazil where the discomfort of England’s travelling fans was compounded by the behaviour of British tabloids months before the tournament began.

Celebrity protesters such as anti-fracking crusader Bianca Jagger are distorting the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs, a major study commissioned by the BBC Trust has found.

Celebrity protesters distorting the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs, report finds

Celebrity protesters, from anti-fracking crusader Bianca Jagger to badger champion Brian May, are distorting the BBC’s coverage of rural affairs, a major study commissioned by the BBC Trust has found.

Has the Leveson Inquiry report has been placed on high shelves and forgotten?

Andy Coulson guilty in phone hacking trial: The scandal that led to self-examination unprecedented in four centuries of a free press

But how much has changed in terms of regulation? Nothing much, if you listen to some of the hacking victims

Andy Coulson guilty in phone hacking trial: How hacking scandal punctured the puffed-up House of Murdoch

But has Rupert Murdoch got away with it? Many analysts in America think so

Andy Coulson with his wife, Eloise Patrick, at the Old Bailey

Andy Coulson guilty in phone hacking trial: His future may well depend on a level of privacy denied the hacking victims

His insights into the machinations of power make him a potentially valuable consultant if he can operate below the radar

Tony Blair with Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks cleared in phone hacking trial: What next for the flame-haired Murdoch 'chosen one' who became the most powerful woman in the British media?

She charmed both the horse-riding David Cameron and 'unofficial adviser' Tony Blair

The Dennis Publishing empire spanned 35 media brands, including Auto Express and Viz

Felix Dennis obituary: My memories of this larger-than-life multimillionaire

One of the most colourful characters in the British media passes away unexpectedly

Influential annual news review charts growth of 'weird news'

Weird news - from Sainsbury’s including a mannequin in a “slave costume” as part of a promotional display to Fox News accidentally broadcasting a picture of a penis in its coverage of a helicopter crash – is overtaking entertainment and celebrity stories as the key driver of traffic on digital news sites, according to a major report from an Oxford University-based institute.

The latest edition of 'The Oldie'

The Oldie magazine appoints Alexander Chancellor as editor

Alexander Chancellor yesterday gently lowered himself into the editor’s seat at The Oldie magazine nearly four decades after taking on a similar role at The Spectator.

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil