Ian Burrell

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

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Ed Richards at the Ofcom offices in Southwark, south London

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog

Aaqil Ahmed at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, ahead of the 60th TV broadcast of ‘Carols from King’s’

BBC’s head of religion Aaqil Ahmed calls for more ‘literacy’ at the top

"Muslim viewers want more programmes... where they see themselves"

Allo Allo creator Jeremy Lloyd

Jeremy Lloyd the sitcom stalwart dies aged 84

Lloyd was co-creator of the hit sitcoms Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo!

Danny Cohen said he has 'never felt so uncomfortable as a Jew in the UK' as it was revealed that antisemitic incidents in Britain hit record annual levels in 2014

BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever

He said: 'I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months'

Medyan Dairieh, of Vice News, who spent three weeks embedded with Isis
Sting at TED 2014

Radio 4 announces partnership with TED Talks

Collaboration begins in January

Sharon White has spent the past year as second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury

Senior Treasury official Sharon White will step into top Ofcom job

Ms White has already worked closely with Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

Clara Amfo will take over from Jameela Jamil on 25 January

Clara Amfo: Radio 1’s new chart host must placate pop's fan armies - the Swifties and Azaleans

Amfo describes her role as a 'fun ringleader'

Big employers have come to realise that this is where they should come to find talent for the modern news media, where an ability to use data and an understanding of coding is increasingly part of the required skill set
Director Peter Kosminsky used an Arri Alexa camera to film all Wolf Hall's night-time scenes by candlelight

New camera technology meant Wolf Hall adaptation could be shot by candlelight

Director Peter Kosminsky is known for minute attention to authentic detail

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn