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 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.

post 16 October 2014
Why the markets are frightened

Germany's economy is spluttering, deflation is growing and the UK's FTSE is going nowhere - did the post-Lehman crisis ever go away?

post 08 October 2014
Will Northern Soul the movie spark a cultural revival?

We, the mainly white descendants of the early cotton factory workforce, were playing the music of people descended from the slaves who had picked the cotton 150 years before.

post 07 October 2014
Is Europe's economic house of cards about to collapse?

Germany suffers its sharpest drop in industrial production since 2009 - boosting fears that the EU's economic powerhouse could head for recession and trigger a crisis across Europe.

post 23 September 2014
Taxing wealth is the way things are going in the 21st century

Taxation in the next 50 years could move from income and towards wealth - and that means Labour's mansion tax proposals could look like pinpricks to our grandchildren.

post 19 September 2014
The two camps of Yes Scotland: nationalists and radicals

Alex Salmond's dramatic move - after a night of drama in Scotland and a day of confusion in Westminster - adds another variable to the outcome of the constitutional crisis.

post 19 September 2014
Ten conclusions from the #indyref

There's enough results in to say a victory for no looks highly likely, so here are some initial thoughts...

post 17 September 2014
Yes or no, this social movement is unlikely to go away

If it's rough, and profane, it's because that's what street politics are like when ideologies collide. That's what it was like when class defined British politics.

post 16 September 2014
Celebrating Britishness: politics without the politicians

Maybe you can't have a strident British nationalism. Maybe that's the subtextual mistake all those lectern-banging politicians have been making.

post 13 September 2014
Deutsche's 'Wall Street Crash' prediction goes über alles the airwaves

Deutsche Bank's warning over an independent Scotland's finances is all over the headlines. How seriously should we take it?

post 12 September 2014
Scottish #Indyref and the 'Renton test'

The Renton test is simple: can your argument sway someone like the junkie Mark Renton in Trainspotting? His tirade to the deserted hillside is now etched into Scottish folk memory.