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 27 May 2015
Fifa arrests: why they'll worry big corporations

When US prosecutors say Fifa¿s execs have ¿corrupted global football¿, that will ring alarm bells in every global brand associated with football.

post 26 May 2015
Long term debt deal could break Greek logjam

Running short of cash to pay public sector salaries, pensions and debt obligations, Greece's Syriza has laid out what it will and will not negotiate with its creditors, but will it be enough?

post 25 May 2015
Spain, Poland and Greece: shudders in Europe's political foundations

Both in Spain and Poland, centrist pro-EU politics is falling victim to its association with a crony-ist elite and its failure to tell a convincing story to the young.

post 21 May 2015
Why Greece's Syriza party is not sticking to the script on an IMF deal

European officials trying to secure a last-minute deal in the debt stand-off between Greece and the IMF now have to anticipate the threat of revolt within the country's ruling Syriza party.

post 18 May 2015
Greece: Europe's last-ditch effort to keep it in euro?

After a weekend of leak and counter-leak, today has seen another dramatic development: the leak to a newspaper of the European Commission's proposal to break the Greece logjam.

post 16 May 2015
IMF leak signals 'progress' with Greece, but threat of default in June

European negotiators have just days to conclude an agreement with Greece or a critical payment to the IMF on 5 June is likely to be missed, according to a leaked document seen by Channel 4 News.

post 08 May 2015
Labour haven't just failed to win - it's worse than that

Labour have failed to understand the nature of the SNP challenge and are paying the ultimate price.

post 07 May 2015
The first mass tactical vote in UK history?

We should be skeptical of the exit poll showing the Conservative close to a majority - but it might indicate the first mass tactical vote in UK history

post 06 May 2015
Election 2015: how will seven-party politics work?

Unless the polls are criminally inaccurate, a majority government is impossible. So the choice facing people as they put their crosses on the ballot paper is like a proxy vote.

post 27 April 2015
Syriza's reshuffle: step forward a non-erratic Marxist

After a frantic weekend the Greek government sought to break the deadlock in its talks with lenders today by reshuffling its negotiating team.

post 21 April 2015
SNP: a path to fiscal autonomy, but do the sums add up?

What Scots will do if the mandate contained in the SNP manifesto is first delivered then ignored will determine whether the UK survives as a political entity.

post 20 April 2015
Greek cash call before critical Eurogroup

While the Riga Eurogroup meeting on Friday is not the last chance Greece has to be rescued, it is probably the last chance for it to achieve a result outside of crisis measures.

post 13 April 2015
Greece: why something has to give

Negotiations over a new bailout for Greece are approaching a critical stage. And if the country runs out of cash, it might just feel like the end of the world for many Greeks.

post 08 April 2015
Abolition of non-dom status: more politics than economics?

Doing away with perks for non-doms might play well on the doorstep, but it is very hard to quantify the economic impact of Labour's latest policy pledge.

post 23 March 2015
Greece: Tsipras meets Merkel for eurozone crisis talks

It's the meeting that had to happen. A radical left-wing Greek prime minister and a centre-right German chancellor whose ministers have been urging her to throw Greece out of the eurozone.

post 19 March 2015
Did The Sun tell the whole story?

Low wages, unaccountable welfare cuts and an immigrant-based economy. The Sun's budget splash could tell a different story.

post 17 March 2015
Don't pass new anti-poverty law, commission tells Greece

At less than 24 hours' notice the European Commission has vetoed a key law set to be passed by the Greek parliament tomorrow.

post 02 March 2015
Greek European deal: where are we?

The European deal done six days ago was supposed to stabilise the Greek debt crisis. But the situation in Greece is still critical.

article 24 February 2015 World, Greece
Greek flag (Reuters)
Greeks pledge reforms to secure new euro bailout

Eurozone finance ministers approve reform proposals by Greece - including measures to combat tax evasion and fuel smuggling - in support of its application for a four-month extension of its bailout.