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 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.

post 24 February 2015
Missing from the Greek deal: figures

Instead of "we were kicked out", it would be sold as "we escaped" - and I think however positively today's deal is spun, the push for Grexit will grow stronger as constraints become obvious.

post 23 February 2015
Greece: a debt colony with a bit of 'home rule'

There is a sea change going on within Syriza. I've heard people who were staunch believers in a euro that can accommodate by negotiation a radical left government say, effectively, they were wrong.

post 20 February 2015
Greece gets its deal.. But if the detail's wrong 'we're finished'

The eurozone and IMF have done a deal with Greece, extending its bailout for four months in return for a commitment to run all policy measures with significant economic impact past the lenders.

post 20 February 2015
Eurozone summit: the Greeks could face a fateful decision on Euro

Today is the Greek equivalent of Gettysburg. After the ECB agreed to extend emergency lending for Greek banks for only a few days, the Greeks have until tonight to reach a compromise deal.

post 19 February 2015
Greece caves in a bit - but not enough for Germany

Greece begins to cave in on a bailout deal offered by eurozone authorities, but Germany rejects the new proposal for an extension - so the poker game is not over.

post 17 February 2015
Leak and counter-leak: how not to achieve a Greek deal

Documents leaked to me last night shed new light, but not total clarity, on the dramatic breakdown of talks in Brussels over a new Greek bailout deal.

post 16 February 2015
Exclusive: details of rejected draft Euro statement

The Eurogroup finance ministers have just broken up without agreement over a programme on the Greek debt.

post 16 February 2015
Labour, SNP, Greens: could they do business together?

While Labour is tight lipped and ultra-orthodox at present, it is entirely possible to imagine the common ground of a Labour-SNP-Green coalition, or a "supply and confidence" type arrangement.

post 12 February 2015
EXCLUSIVE: How a German veto scuppered EU-Greece deal

For the second time in 24 hours, Greek negotiators at the EU summit in Brussels, believe that Germany has stymied an agreement over extending their stricken country's debt facility.

post 12 February 2015
Brussels, in the shadow of Varkiza: Greek talks break down

The mood in Greece, where massive demos took place, in support of the government, is best summed up by the placard held by one old man: "We survived '41, we can survive this."

article 11 February 2015 Business
HMRC investigates second list of HSBC offshore accounts

As tax chiefs are reeling over criticism of their failure to track down tax avoiders in Switzerland, they now face another scandal, and another whistleblower, over HSBC's operation in the UK.

post 09 February 2015
Greek government poised to 'extend' troika deal?

Citing finance ministry sources, the website have put detail into what they believe the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has proposed to the Eurogroup:

post 09 February 2015
Forget game theory or economics, Greece's future depends on emotion

Though the Greek PM is still talking tough, a Greek exit from the Eurozone is looking ever more possible. But a planned demonstration of public emotion could yet have the most impact of all.

post 05 February 2015
ECB cancels soft treatment of Greek debt in warning to Athens

The European Central Bank abruptly cancels its acceptance of Greek bonds in a bid to isolate the country until it strikes a new reform deal.