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Ian is a journalist and academic who lives in Penarth. He is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University and lately has been asked to do two reports on complicated subjects. In 2010 he reviewed creative industries in Wales for the Welsh Coalition Government and in 2011 intellectual property issues for the UK Coalition Government. In 2013, he co-wrote a Manifesto for the Creative Economy with Nesta.
As a journalist, he has been Editor of the Independent and the New Statesman; Deputy Editor of the Financial Times and Director of BBC News.