Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell

Media Journalist & Media Consultant at Ian Burrell Media
LONDON, United Kingdom

About me

I am a writer and journalist for hire and available not only for editorial commissions but also content marketing, B2B and internal reports. I have 25 years of experience as a staff journalist on The Independent and Sunday Times and have worked in both television and radio.

I'm author of The News Business, published every Thursday by The Drum, and The Media Column in the i newspaper - the UK's youngest national title (online at inews.co.uk).

I contribute to the London Evening Standard, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Monocle 24 online radio as a media commentator.

I am a Media Consultant for One Young World, an international organisation dedicated to supporting the emerging generation of leaders from countries worldwide.

I am a trained video-journalist. I am a frequent contributor as Media Analyst to Monocle 24 online radio and have presented on BBC Radio 4 on many occasions 


Media Journalist & Media Consultant
Ian Burrell Media
United Kingdom
2016 - Present (5 years)
I am a journalist and media consultant available for editorial commissions, strategic consultancy, speech-writing and specialist reports.

I am author of the weekly Media column in the i paper - the UK's leading quality concise national newspaper - and of The News Business, a long-form analysis of emerging trends in the news industry, published by The Drum, Europe's leading marketing and specialist media website.

I am a contributor to such prestigious titles as The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Reuters Institute's European Journalism Observatory, the Royal Photographic Society Journal, and Raconteur (for The Times & Sunday Times).

I am a consultant to the global non-profit One Young World, the world's leading forum for international young leaders.

My book "Rodigan: My Life in Reggae", co-authored with the BBC radio presenter David Rodigan, was published in 2017 and was an Amazon best-selling autobiography.

I am a trained video-journalist, a frequent contributor as a Media Analyst to Monocle 24 radio and have presented on BBC Radio 4 on many occasions.
Assistant Editor & Media Editor
The Independent
United Kingdom
1996 - 2016 (20 years)
I was on the staff of The Independent since 1996 in various capacities including Media & Culture Correspondent and Home Affairs Editor.

Media Editor of The Independent, the i newspaper, the Independent on Sunday and independent.co.uk (3.3 million daily uniques). I wrote on media issues for the news, comment and leader pages of the paper and our online comment platform Independent Voices.
I also wrote a weekly Media Column for The Independent (published on Mondays) and for the i paper.

As Assistant Editor of The Independent, I produced major feature articles on cultural and social issues for the features pages and produce media and arts features for the paper's Saturday magazine, the Radar arts supplement, the i newspaper and for the Independent on Sunday's New Review magazine.

I have appeared as a media commentator on CNN worldwide, the BBC, Sky News, and Al Jazeera TV networks, and on radio for BBC Radio 4, including as a regular host of What The Papers Say. I have also contributed frequently on LBC and Monocle 24's weekly show The Media Briefing.

The Independent's publisher has its own television channel, London Live, the first bespoke TV network for the UK's capital, to which I have also contributed.

I produced several media features and interviews for GQ magazine (UK).

Home Affairs Editor:
Covering the Home Office and its related subjects, such as the Criminal Justice System, Policing, Immigration, Drugs policy, Prisons, Youth Offending. My tenure coincide with a tumultuous time at the Home Office and the William Macpherson inquiry into the Metropolitan Police and the death of Stephen Lawrence.

Investigative Journalist
Sunday Times
United Kingdom
1991 - 1996 (5 years)
Home Affairs Reporter, Insight Team investigative reporter covering stories including arms to Iraq, political party funding and the use of London banks by terror groups.
Current Affairs Researcher
London, United Kingdom
1990 - 1991 (1 year)
Worked on Six O'Clock Live magazine show with Danny Baker

Senior Reporter
Birmingham Mail
United Kingdom
1987 - 1990 (3 years)
Worked for Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post & Sunday Mercury.
UK Reporter of the Year, Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History & English Literature - Combined Hons

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