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Paul Mason

Economics Editor
Paul Mason is Economics Editor at Channel 4 News.
Paul Mason is Economics Editor at Channel 4 News.

Paul Mason spent the first ten years of his working life as a professional musicologist. Then he switched to journalism, starting in local free-sheets before moving to Reed Business Information, in Surrey. As deputy editor of Computer Weekly he was part of a team that uncovered a series of IT disasters and controversies, including the role of software in the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre. He became BBC Newsnight's business correspondent in 2001, making his first live appearance on 9/11, and economics editor in 2008.

He has been twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, won the Wincott Award for Business Journalism in 2003, the Diageo African Business Reporting Award in 2007, and was named the Royal Television Society's specialist reporter of the year in 2012 for his coverage of the economic crisis and social unrest in southern Europe.

His books include Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere - an account of the occupy movement and the Arab Spring, and the novel, Rare Earth, set in China. Paul covers culture, our digital life and the social and political controversies they generate.

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post 17 December 2014
Greece: could election of far left herald wider change in Europe?

The Greek government is gambling that voters will reel back from putting the untested and inexperienced Syriza in power.

post 16 December 2014
The Putin doctrine - unplugged

Have the Saudis and the United States conspired to collapse the price of oil - and in the process the Russian rouble?

post 16 December 2014
Economic recovery in Greece, but will it mean 'Mad Max' in government?

Police release video of an "airborne battalion of anarchists", using Parkour to evade capture in a recent riot. Welcome to Greece as its parliament prepares to elect a president.

video 10 December 2014 World

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Could a drop in oil prices reshape global economy? - video

Falling world oil prices bring some good news at the petrol pumps. But those revenues are also squeezing economies which are already under pressure.

post 09 December 2014
The Greek endgame begins

The Greek crisis, grinding away at the periphery of Europe, has thrust itself back into the limelight.

post 08 December 2014
Chill wind blows across the world's economic landscape

The indicators show China, Japan - and even the McDonald's burger chain - are facing economic slowdown. How will the eurozone respond?

post 03 December 2014
Exclusive: the true scale of the cuts to come

The scale of the cuts is the prime reason why no politician - Labour included - wants to spell them out.

post 03 December 2014
Autumn statement: Osborne's promises and reality - my analysis

Had Osborne's 2010 predictions actually happened, the deficit would be small, the debt falling, and the much vaunted rebalancing of the economy would have taken place.

post 02 December 2014
Eight questions about the autumn statement answered

Ahead of the chancellor's Autumn Statement tomorrow, here are eight questions about the speech, the economy and the politics answered.

video 28 November 2014 UK

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Will Cameron's immigration proposals work? - video

Lukasz Szlek, who lives in Southampton, an area which has seen a big influx of EU immigrants, tells Economics Editor Paul Mason that David Cameron is to blame for anti-Polish rhetoric in the country.

post 19 November 2014
The truth about low-pay Britain

Just when the media were starting to get all breathless about the "recovery" in real wages, the government's gone and released data showing how truly and devastatingly low pay has become.

video 13 November 2014 UK

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The latest banking scam explained, by Paul Mason - VIDEO

Chicken chow mein, online chat-rooms and traders rigging rates: the latest banking scam explained by Economics Editor Paul Mason.

video 12 November 2014 UK

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London in midst of latest banking scam - video

Five banks are fined after it emerges they manipulated foreign exchange rates for nearly six years. The Bank of England has also been dragged into the scandal, amid claims officials knew about it.

post 30 October 2014
The economic state of mind driving people towards Ukip

Great Yarmouth, flooded with holidaymakers in the half-term sun, is mainly white working class and increasingly Ukip. This is one of the UK Independence Party's target seats.

post 29 October 2014
Tesco: how confrontation could have prevented a giant mess

The longer this goes on without answers, the resilience of hundreds of thousands of Tesco employees, who thought they were working for an iconic, stable British institution, will be tested.

video 23 October 2014 UK

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To get a Tesco interview: every little protest helps - video

After outgoing Tesco Chairman Sir Richard Broadbent blanks questions on his leadership, new CEO Dave Lewis does agree to talk to Channel 4 News' Economics Editor Paul Mason about the company's woes.

post 23 October 2014
Tesco woes - a case of capitalism gone wrong?

When I speak to Tesco's boss I will ask him... oh, wait. We're not getting an interview. But he has some explaining to do about the company's 92 per cent pre-tax profit slump.

post 22 October 2014
Why universal credit won't be universal until 2018. At the earliest.

Benefit claimants in areas piloting the new universal credit seem to like it. But with its roll-out taking much longer than anticipated, are government hopes for billions of pounds of savings misplace

post 20 October 2014
Germany irks neighbours, choosing balanced books over growth

In this German town of deserted factories, there is an important lesson in why the government wants balanced books more than growth.