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 31 January 2015
As Greece gives its marching orders to the Troika - five reactions

Greece's new Syriza-run government re-writes the timetable for dealing with its huge debts, saying to Europe's money men: "go ahead punk - make my day".

post 29 January 2015
Tsipras: the reverse shock doctrine

Now the euphoria in Greece has subsided, it is being matched by astonishment in Berlin and the European Union institutions.

post 27 January 2015
Will Syriza's Greece go the same way as Chile under Allende?

Alexis Tsipras is deciding who should run which ministry in Greece. But how does Syriza take over a state whose armed forces and police are configured to suppress the left?

post 26 January 2015
What Syriza's Greek election victory means for Europe

The far left Syriza party wins 149 seats out of 300 in the Greek parliament. What this means is that the EU/IMF strategy for dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 crisis is in tatters.

post 25 January 2015
Greek election results - live blog: latest videos, tweets and more

Our Economics Editor Paul Mason is in Greece reporting on the outcome of the election results. Get the latest tweets and videos from him here.

post 25 January 2015
Exit polls put Syriza on course for victory

The exit polls put the far-left party Syriza on track to win the Greek election. If the predictions hold this is an earthquake: for Greece, for the eurozone and for centrist politics.

post 25 January 2015
Greek election: with hours to go, change is in the air

The ballot stations are still brisk at lunchtime, but a lot of people have already voted. This is a working class community - and on a Sunday the over-70s, who make up 22 per cent of Greek voters, are

post 24 January 2015
Five last-minute thoughts about the Greek election

Greece's deep-seated problems are decades old and normal. What's abnormal is the chance to blow it all away.

video 23 January 2015 World, Greece

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'We are going to destroy the Greek oligarchy system'

Yanis Varoufakis, tipped to be Syriza's new finance minister, tells Paul Mason what his party would do if it gets into government in Greece, and admits the prospect of power in Europe is "scary".

post 23 January 2015
Ripped off, poor, suicidal: the farmers turning to Syriza

In Assos, a sleepy farming village in the gulf of Corinth, the far-left Syriza party got 121 votes in the election 10 years ago. On Sunday it should top the polls - easily.

post 23 January 2015
The idiot's guide to Greece's elections: the parties explained

Paul Mason continues his series of explaining the workings behind the Greek elections, and why it matters so much to us. Here he explains the eight parties all hoping to get into parliament.

post 22 January 2015
Eurozone QE: 20 things you need to know

The European Central Bank enters the last chance saloon as it prepares to pump over one trillion euros into the Eurozone's fragile economy - can it possibly work?

post 20 January 2015
Inside Syriza's economic brain

For all its recent moderation, and the clear professional expertise of its economics team, no party like Syriza has ever been in power in a European democracy.

post 17 January 2015
Man the Euro lifeboats - but not the Greeks

The liner is sinking and after some delay the captain orders: launch the lifeboats. But, he says, the first, second and steerage class must each travel in separate lifeboats. If the lifeboats take on

post 16 January 2015
The cuckoo clock chimes for the Swiss franc

If it sounds like a multiplayer 3D chess game, then that's what it really is. The technical term for it is currency war.

post 14 January 2015
I'd unleash Ant, Dec and Darcey Bussell on our wilting political class

I would drag these guys kicking and screaming into a public debate. I would make the presenters the bad-est ass inquisitors in Britain.

post 13 January 2015
That letter: Mark Carney writes to the chancellor

Exclusive: as inflation drops to 0.5 per cent, we reveal the contents of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney's explanatory letter to the chancellor (as imagined by Paul Mason).

article 12 January 2015 World
Rallies held across Europe after Paris attacks

The terror attacks in France have had repercussions across Europe, with rallies held in several cities. But not all gatherings have demonstrated the unity of purpose seen in Paris, reports Paul Mason.

post 07 January 2015
Alexis Tsipras: we want debt relief and the Elgin Marbles

Some of the Syriza members I spoke to are, privately, still not sure they even want to govern. But one thing is certain: when you look him in the eye, Alexis Tsipras most definitely does.