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.


post 12 October 2015
Labour to vote against fiscal charter

In a shock reversal, Labour is to vote against the government's proposed charter for budget responsibility.

post 29 September 2015
Redcar: not the only canary in the coal mine

Redcar could be - yet again - the canary in the coalmine for a global problem. For what 2008-9 told us is: every time there's a major credit event, the steelworks on Teesside shuts.

post 21 September 2015
Tsipras crushes his opponents, left and right, to gain second term

It was the unswayability of the left vote that put Alexis Tsipras straight back into the prime ministerial mansion he resigned from a month ago, calling a snap election.

post 19 September 2015
Greek elections: do Syriza want to win?

Alexis Tsipras' final election rally had the usual soundtrack and familiar props but a different cast. After more than a fifth of his MPs split to form a new left party, the inner core of party activi

post 14 September 2015
John McDonnell: what will Corbynomics look like?

The appointment of John McDonnell as shadow chancellor was the clearest signal Jeremy Corbyn could have sent. At the heart of the shadow cabinet there will be a group that buys Corbynomics.

post 12 September 2015
Jeremy Corbyn's victory and the new party he leads

It's the size that matters. What political scientists knew, but the media didn't bother knowing, is that the Labour Party's membership changed under Ed Miliband.

post 12 August 2015
China: danger of an open currency war

China has stunned the world by devaluing its currency twice in two days. Or rather it has stunned that naive part of the world that believed China's economy was okay.

post 15 July 2015
Decoding the IMF: Greek deal doomed, exit likely

The levels of economic pain and dysfunctional borrowing set to be inflicted on Greece mean that at some point public opinion will flip.

post 13 July 2015
Greece wins euro debt deal - but democracy is the loser

There is now the basis of a deal to keep Greece in the eurozone - but it involves the crushing of a government elected on a landslide and the flouting of a referendum.

post 12 July 2015
Greece crisis: Europe turns the screw

The Greeks arrived with a set of proposals widely scorned as "more austere than the ones they rejected". The internet burst forth with catcalls - "they've caved in".

post 10 July 2015
What was the point of Tsipras referendum?

The new Greek government proposals, published late last night are clearly based on those submitted by Jean Claude Juncker last Thursday, before the referendum. Many Greeks are frustrated, asking: wha

post 08 July 2015
Calm defiance giving way to panic as Greek deadline looms

Behind the calm in Greece people are beginning to panic. Tsipras needs to do a deal - but not one that humiliates his country.

post 08 July 2015
The Greek crisis: on the ground and on Twitter

Last night I responded sharply to an anonymous Greek troll known as @GreekAnalyst, comparing his right-wing network of abusive and unaccountable people...

post 06 July 2015
Yanis Varoufakis: the economist who wouldn't play politics

Why did Varoufakis go? The official reason, on his blog, was pressure from creditors. But there are a whole host of other reasons that made it easier for him to decide to yield to it.

post 05 July 2015
Is Greece about to call the EU's bluff?

The EU leadership told Greeks a No meant exit from the eurozone. The Greek government said they were bluffing. We'll find out who's right soon.

post 03 July 2015
Greece crisis: a failure of economics in the face of politics

The IMF's report yesterday got swamped amid the gloom, despondency and fractiousness of the Greek crisis. It said, in short, Greece's debt has become unsustainable.

post 01 July 2015
Greece debt crisis: Tsipras prepares for compromise deal

Alexis Tsipras is getting ready to stage a climbdown and he will tell the people of Greece he's about to accept something very very similar to the conditional bailout he rejected.

post 01 July 2015
Greece crisis: upper middle class vs rural pensioners

Last night's 'Yes' campaign demo was big - I would say maybe a quarter bigger than the 'No' demo of Monday, and with a much more angry atmosphere.

post 28 June 2015
Greece referendum: did the euro just die at 4pm?

While the far left government will pose the referendum as a vote for or against austerity, the right will say its an in-out vote for the single currency and the EU itself.