Ian Burrell: 'You might get a good sitcom out of it' – the belated tarnishing of Mark Thompson's BBC career

“You might get a good sitcom out of it.” Those final words from an MP signalled the end of a succession of parliamentary hearings over bungled technology and executive pay-offs that have taken the gloss off Mark Thompson’s time running the BBC.

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Ian Burrell: One casualty of the digital revolution we should not lament – the old-school newsroom bully

It is at the BBC, of all places, that allegations of bullying have been loudest

Ian Burrell: After Adam Boulton, where have all the political editors gone?

What’s going on in the parliamentary lobby? Adam Boulton’s decision to stand down as political editor of Sky News after 25 years and five elections appears to mark the end of an era. Boulton will present an evening show on Sky News.

Ian BurrellL: Vice forges innovative partnership

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In Plimpton’s time, his locker-room colleagues were impressed with his efforts

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Ian Burrell: Snake oil or precious insight? As the year gets ready to turn, what does one of America’s most celebrated trend spotters see ahead?

This is the time of the year when the media’s so-called “futurologists” emerge to tell us how we will be behaving over the next 12 months. Most of them work for the big advertising agencies and their prophecies are sold to clients as high-grade intelligence that can give competitive edge in shifting product. Much of this insight – some of it data-driven, some merely based on a trend-spotter’s instincts – relates to the public’s use of media.

Ian Burrell: The last post has been sounded in Liverpool, but elsewhere print media is finding its voice again

The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Ian Burrell: Despite The Sun’s big paywall success, it’s still early days when it comes to charging for news on the internet

‘The Sun’s’ statistics will contribute to “resetting the mindset of the marketplace”

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Ian Burrell: The women of Fleet Street are on the march to claim their place at journalism’s top table. It’s about time, too

The women of the press are about to get more vocal – and if the newspaper industry is serious about wanting to improve itself from within then it would do well to listen.

Ian Burrell: The multi-tasking Jefferson Hack reveals how he keeps ‘Dazed & Confused’ relevant in a fast-moving sector

Jefferson Hack is not your average media owner. Instead of sitting down to talk, he announces “I want to show you this space”, before conducting a guided tour that incorporates an east London housing estate, a chichi coffee bar and the former glue factory which houses the Dazed & Confused media operation.

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