Ian Burrell

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

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'Is it sexist when you walk around in a museum and a lot of the statues have their boobs out?' asks Pharrell Williams in defence of 'Blurred Lines'

Pharrell Williams - profile: Happiness is his truth

After writing the biggest hit of last year, the king of R&B is set to storm Britain

Joan Smith becomes president of press reform campaign Hacked Off

The journalist and free speech campaigner Joan Smith has been announced as the next executive director of the press reform campaign Hacked Off.

This is England '86 actress Vicky McClure

Vicky McClure to make comedy series set in hometown Nottingham

The Bafta-winning actress Vicky McClure, star of the film and drama series This is England, is set to produce a comedy series based in her home city of Nottingham.

Lord Coe was Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Lord Coe in the frame to head up the BBC trust

After his acclaimed role in co-ordinating the 2012 Olympics, Lord Coe has emerged as a surprise candidate to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

Independent Press Standards Organisation board members announced

The co-founder of the smoothie drinks company Innocent and the former UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia are among board members of a new press regulator set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

With Farage on the loose, broadcasters and newspapers must realise they are no longer king-makers

The Media Column: Ukip injected drama into an otherwise dull narrative

Dave Hogan, who worked for ‘The Sun’ for 33 years, had his contract terminated in a phone call

Sun photographer sues Murdoch for £500,000 over ‘ageism’

Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper publishing stable, News UK, is being sued for more than £500,000 for alleged age discrimination by one of The Sun newspaper’s biggest showbiz names.

The report calls on the BBC to overcome problems that have previously prevented it from broadcasting to the secretive nation

Radio Pyongyang? BBC News should broadcast in North Korea, says the man who wrote the report on its future

The BBC has been advised to establish a news service that broadcasts to Kim Jong Un’s North Korea in a specially commissioned report on the future of the BBC news division.

London Press Club awards: Evening Standard wins Newspaper of the Year

The London Evening Standard has been named Newspaper of the Year at the London Press Club awards.

Philip Roth has said his biography will be his final work

Philip Roth reveals his last great project - his own biography

Having announced his withdrawal from literature last year, the man described as America’s finest living novelist has thrown himself into his final work

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
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