Paul Bignell

Paul Bignell is an Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has previously been the acting News Editor of the i Paper, a home news reporter for The Independent for one year and a reporter for the Independent on Sunday for six years.

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What's 4 for? Phil Redmond now believes Channel 4 has lost its way in its relentless quest for ratings

Phil Redmond: 'The lesbian kiss got C4 most attention'

The writer of 'Brookside' and 'Grange Hill', tells Paul Bignell how the channel – 30 years old this week – sold out

British Antarctic Survey saved as merger plan is scuppered

Controversial plans to merge two of Britain’s most distinguished scientific institutions may be abandoned following a public outcry. Government proposals to merge the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), look set to be scrapped this week The Independent on Sunday has learned. The cost-cutting measure was strongly criticised by top British and international scientists and was first revealed in this newspaper in April this year.

Al Gore waded into the debate over the fate of one of the UK's most distinguished scientific operations

Gore wades into British Antarctic row

Former US vice-president joins scientists in battle over controversial merger plans

Body found after Briton lost during Med cruise

Rescue teams called off their search for a British woman who was believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean last night after finding a body. The woman, thought to be in her 70s, was reported missing from the P&O cruise ship Aurora as it sailed from the Portuguese city of Oporto to Barcelona on Friday.

Diary of a rock star: Marc Bolan in a previously unseen photograph featured in the new biography, Ride a White Swan: The Lives and Death of Marc Bolan

Mystery of Marc Bolan's death solved

On the 35th anniversary of the glam rock star's death in a car accident, an eyewitness reveals what happened

Professor Scott Fahlman: a colon, hyphen and bracket were the first emoticon

Happy 30th birthday emoticon! :-)

A Pittsburgh professor invented the forerunners. He hates the little yellow icons they have become

In the bones: Joseph Merrick, photographed about 1889. His skeleton will be tapped for DNA

Will DNA unlock the Elephant Man's final secret?

Skeleton could hold key to century-old puzzle of what caused Joseph Merrick's terrible disfigurement

Orchestra members and tutors rehearse in Edinburgh ahead of their tour

'World's bravest orchestra' defies the bombers

Next week, young Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain. Paul Bignell reports on the obstacles they faced

You can be serious: Top comics play it straight at Fringe

Some of Britain's top comics are putting away their one-liners to perform in straight dramas at the Edinburgh Festival

Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland enjoy that winning feeling

Rowers celebrate best medal haul

Wins in women's lightweight double sculls and men's coxless four, though men's double sculls lose out

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?