Ian Burrell

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

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The media have been quick to use the stereotype of the sad clown in discussing Robin Williams' death

Still a demand for the obituary: Robin Williams in the press

Poignant obituaries for the actor and comedian Robin Williams were not hard to find last week. But could the obit itself – a feature best suited to print media – be on its way out?

Youth network Vice News joins the top table

Just over three years ago, David Carr, media columnist of The New York Times, bearded the online youth network Vice News by deriding its coverage of a filthy beach in war-torn Liberia.

Edinburgh International Television Festival finds an industry questioning its own credibility

UK shows  will stand a better chance of being  hits if  generated by an industry that reflects numerous cultures

Fears rise that tablets won't save magazines as digital sales fall

Hopes that the tablet was the saviour of magazines have been undermined by official figures showing a fall-off in sales of digital editions of iconic publications including the fashion titles Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Vogue.

Brian O'Driscoll will spearhead a plan to convert the football masses into rugby fans

BT Sport to rely on rugby in its battle with Sky

The former British Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll will spearhead a plan to convert the football masses into rugby fans as BT’s latest strategy in its struggle with Sky for sports domination in the pay TV market.

MotD’s latest pundit, Phil Neville, has been given support and advice

Match of the Day presenters will be more outspoken this season, BBC promises

Pundits on the BBC's Match of the Day have been told to be more "opinionated" and "animated" as the flagship football show begins its 50th anniversary season amid unprecedented levels of competition in sports broadcasting.

The Good Housekeeping Institute in London has been designed as a symbol of modern living

You’ve read the magazine, now learn to cook at the Good Housekeeping Institute in Soho

After Vogue and Monocle, Good Housekeeping becomes the latest title to jump from the page to bricks and mortar

British newsagents are delivering the post to replenish their income

Newsagents turning to local post deliveries to make ends meet

Faced with competition from supermarkets and falling newspaper sales, British newsagents are delivering the post to replenish their income.

Baroness Sarah Hogg, Nick Prettejohn and Baroness Patience Wheatcroft

Tories accused of picking politically partisan shortlist for new BBC Trust chairman

Interviews to find the successor to Lord Patten as chair of the BBC Trust begin on Thursday amid deep concerns as to how the process is being conducted by the Government.

The Sun's 'mark of the devil' front page: What is the need for such a 'silly season' story while the world watches the horror in Gaza?

Aside from questions over the news value of such a story, there are child protection issues to consider

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?