Ian Burrell

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

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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

John Cleese will appear in a new 'Baywatch' film

John Cleese to appear in film with former Baywatch stars

Due to legal difficulties, the comedian won't be allowed to mention the name of the iconic TV show

Rupert Murdoch’s revenge on Rolf Harris lawyers

The media specialist law firm Harbottle & Lewis has taken a pummelling from newspapers this week over alleged attempts, while acting for Rolf Harris, to keep the disgraced entertainer’s name secret after he was first quizzed by police.

Gay characters’ long journey on television

Gay central characters are now included in dramas and sitcoms without it seeming like a stunt

Scotland's TV industry post-independence: A 'Yes' vote will interfere with viewing north of the border

A look at how would an Scottish independent production company do

Lord Lawson appeared on the news programme back in February

Exclusive: Today Programme criticised for giving platform to climate sceptic Lord Lawson

Lord Lawson was given undue prominence, BBC complaints unit rules

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Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Time to stop running: At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity

Time to stop running

At the start of Yom Kippur and with anti-Semitism flourishing, one Jew can no longer ignore his identity
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence