Ian Burrell

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

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Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, pictured outside New Broadcasting House last year

BBC chief forced to defend himself against 'racist policy'

'You are so obsessed with equal opportunities yet you appointed a man without even opening up the process to anyone else' says MP

The new SuperTed TV show will be more politically correct than the Eighties’ version

SuperTed set to return to the BBC as the latest revival of popular children's television shows

Cartoon character expected to return in 2016

An explosion from an Israeli air attack in Gaza city on 8th July 2014. However, analysis has found that some of the pictures of violence circulated on the #gazaunderattack thread were recycled images from as long ago as 2007

Israel-Gaza conflict: Social media becomes the latest battleground in Middle East aggression – but beware of propaganda and misinformation

Some of the pictures of violence circulated on the #gazaunderattack thread have been found to be recycled images from as long ago as 2007

Professor Kathy Willis will showcase plants from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

Plants: From Roots to Riches: Radio 4 airs epic series on plants

I am determined to prove botany is not the ‘Cinderella of science’, says Kew Gardens expert

Leon Brittan has been accused of being given a dossier on paedophile activity in the 1980s when he was Home Secretary

The press is using ‘paedomania’ to wrongfoot politicians post phone-hacking

I suspect most of the public think this quest for answers a good thing

Ghana’s national costume has been 'crowded out' by Primark cast-offs, say cultural experts

Traditional garments replaced are by ‘Obroni Wawu’ – the dress of the dead white man

Lord Birt, former Director General of the BBC, is widely credited for having positioned the organisation to embrace digital media

Controversial former BBC executive treated to a 'permafrost' reception from senior colleagues

Lord Birt is widely credited for having positioned the organisation to embrace digital media

Tony Hall plans to open up the organisation to a new era of competition

BBC Director General's plans for a 'competitive revolution' welcomed with enthusiasm

Britain’s independent television production sector said the plans were 'good for the BBC, good for licence fee payers and good for business'

The Director General wants BBC Production to be allowed to go out and compete for business

BBC could start making shows for foreign and UK broadcast rivals as part of Director-General's 'competitive revolution'

The BBC’s production teams have previously made programmes only for in-house us

Ulster IRA Informer Martin McGartland in 1997

Fears over secret closed door hearings increase after former IRA mole is denied access to his own case

The judge said he had “principled and pragmatic” reasons for allowing the Home Secretary’s application

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A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn