July 7, 2016 Last Updated 9:05 am

Ian Burrell joins The Drum as weekly media columnist

Burrell was with The Independent for 20 years, his last role as Media Editor. Before that he was an Investigative Journalist at the Sunday Times

Veteran media columnist Ian Burrell has joined The Drum where he will write a column called The News Business.

“The News Business will examine the fraught problem of how news is funded in 2016. I plan to investigate the business models of news providers, from the most powerful to the smartest startups,” Burrell said.

“Some organisations will fund their journalism through old-school circulation revenues, others by myriad forms of advertising, digital subscriptions, membership fees, crowd-funding or philanthropy. It’s a subject that’s vital to society and I hope The News Business will be essential reading across not only in the media industry but for all those who care about news.”

Burrell was previously with The Independent where he last served as Media Editor. He joined the UK paper in 1996 covering the Home Office. Before that he was an Investigative Journalist at the Sunday Times.

“Ian is one of the finest journalists in the business with an enviable contacts book and I’m certain his weekly column will become an indispensable read for all those interested in our industry,” Cameron Clarke, The Drum’s commissioning editor, said in the media outlet’s announcement.

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