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 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.

post 27 June 2015
Tsipras goes for referendum on 5 July

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has just called a referendum on 5 July. This after spending most of the week locked in discussions with creditors...

post 24 June 2015
Greece: a deal nobody believes in

While the proposal has caused outrage among the Greek conservatives and outrage among Syriza's left-wing voters, the real problem is bigger.

post 23 June 2015
Greece: could debt deal be scuppered from above?

The level of pressure that's being exerted on Syriza right now, I don't think is enough to derail a deal from below.

post 22 June 2015
Why the words 'civil war' are no longer a joke in Greece

If today's Brussels talks fail, the Greek debt crisis could stop being a story about economics and become one of civil society, politics and the rule of law.

post 21 June 2015
Greece - five pictures of a troubled country

Ahead of a crucial meeting on the Greece debt crisis on Monday, Paul Mason presents a special long-read, offering five pictures of the country.

post 19 June 2015
Greek crisis: crunch time

The country will divide: right versus left - as it has been divided since British tanks rolled into Syntagma Square in 1944 to install former Nazi collaborators into office.